Big guns Nobstrokanus and Bob Bantambugerky out to play with lapdog H5 nipping excitedly at heel, dribbling wet weener making a mess..or is that big mouths.
Casey Stoner is on record as saying he left Ducati because they wouldn't develop the bike, not giving him what he asked for and it was uncompetitive. He finished 4th best alien 2 years on the trot, knew he was better and got fed up.
When are you Do-do's going to face up to that?
Yes..he won a few races at the end of the year when the others were injured or cruising but, winning in circumstances like that does not constitute a bike capable of a season long challenge for the big prize. Casey has said so and joined HRC as a result. The results and a title speak volumes about the disparity in performance between Honda and Ducati and, the gap has only gotten bigger.
Ducati initiated contact with Furusawa, hoping to tap into his engineering expertise, to get the bike turned around with some fresh perspective. Preziosi was the scapegoat..he turned them down flat.
The most experienced and winning chief engineer in the paddock, Burgess says:
"Ducati have a lot to learn. Their perception of what is required to go racing is very different to the perception of the Japanese companies. Until some of those higher engineers at Ducati work for a Japanese company, the message may never get through: If you do nothing you get nothing."
Rossi moving back to Yamaha is not the call of a quitter. He will be going head to head with, probably, the strongest and most complete racer riding at present. There will be nowhere to hide riding the same bike running out of the same team. The safe option would have been to do a Lawson at Cagiva. Take the money, stay where he was, fade away with the odd decent result and maybe go WSB racing.
Rossi is unsure whether he will be able to rise to that challenge but is not afraid to try. It's a brave decision and one that could see him draw way more criticism than the gobby Nos & Bob show have been handing out from their armchairs for the last 21 months, if he fails.
If he succeeds in his aim to become a front runner once more, to prove to himself that he hasn't lost the skill and determination that snared him his titles and status within the sport, he will prove that it was Ducati who was the weaker half of the partnership, once and for all.
People within the Bologna outfit, and in Germany now, will have to take a look at themselves and make tough decisions if they are to continue.
Stoner, Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Capirossi, Gibernau and Bayliss is one hell of a talent pool and they have all said similar.
Furusawa, Burgess and Suppo are the same off the track.
But hey..perhaps we would do better listening to the bitter ramblings and one sided agenda of racing fkwits Nostro, Bob and H5..?