Have given Rossi their vote of confidence at the German GP and told him they want him to be part of the future of Ducati.
Wonder if that's like the vote of confidence football managers get from their board, just before they have their contracts ended...
On a more serious note, Rossi, in his latest interview, has bumped the blame for poor performance back onto Ducati, saying
"It's much more clever to try and improve gradually the bike we have at the moment, because starting from scratch would mean spending too much time on setting up a new machine. We have to focus on the positives of our bike and improve on the negatives: me and my crew gave some clear indications over the past few months and we need to work in this direction."
Now my memory isn't the best, but this last sentence is in direct contradiction of several statements over the last few months where he has stated he doesn't know what's wrong with the bike and he doesn't know how to fix it as he's not an engineer and that is their job (particularly after Qatar) Now it seems, he does know what's wrong with it and it's Ducati's fault for not implementing his suggestions.
As for starting from scratch with a new machine, they've already done that by giving him what he asked for, a 90% new bike with a perimeter frame. If a new bike isn't the smart thing to do and the clever thing is to develop the existing one, why didn't they employ that philosophy on the old bike.? The only thing that has improved over last year is the lack of front end losses, the performance of the bike is no better than the GP11.?? in terms of pace and results. I'd suggest the lack of front end losses is more down to the 2012 front tyres than anything to do with the alu frame design. The CF bike would probably have been getting exactly the same results as his new GP12 with 2012 tyres - it couldn't have done worse.
They seem in as big a mess and as directionless as ever.