... do you really think it will happen?
Million dollar question?
I don't know, is the honest answer.
With Stoner out injured..can Ducati give Rossi, and Hayden, a bike that can mix it with an out of sorts Spies, Dovi, Cal, Alvaro and Bradl?
In terms of rider ability, which is kinda the point, Rossi can beat these guys..no question in my mind. He is not a crasher and I doubt there is a smarter racer out there. It is possible he could make 3rd his own. More upgrades are set to be introduced.
As Burgess has alluded to, Rossi will be aware of the significance if they can finish strong. It will put a shine on his tenure right at the end of what has been a torrid two years..it will underline their right to be pissed with Ducati and make the decision to leave..which was too early and driven by circumstances beyond their control.
Perhaps more importantly, it will give Ducati a massive boost and set them up to have more than just one rider challenging towards the front next year, on a bike that doesn't need the win or bin mentality to get results..which was the whole idea behind hiring Rossi and Co. in the first place.
As you say..it would be great for the fans and healthy for the sport.