Rossi, the master of PR, media manipulator, with his little comments, complaints, digs, all said in his endearing broken english over the last 2 years, has made Ducati, with it's proven racing pedigree, look like a load of clueless idiots.....The drip, drip of dissasitsfied mumblings, against Ducati's dignified silence, has gradually painted a one sided picture. He has shown Ducati to the world in a very poor light. Preziosi allowed this to happen...that is the main reason he has gone.
Rossi walks away from Ducati leaving a well planted message that Ducati couldn't provide him with a machine capable of winning on....not the fact that he couldn't provide the expertise or the direction required by Ducati to move forward. Ducati have taken all the blame.
Stoner detractors were certain that whilst admitting he was fast, he was also a very poor development rider. A rider unable to provide Ducati with any meaningful feedback to develop the machine...only able to develop it backward in other words. Two years on, and it's Ducati who are not listening? Really? Why get rid of a rider who cannot develop a machine, then employ a 'set-up and development genious' to replace him.....and then not listen to him?
Ducati can consider themselves well and truly mugged........