Goodness gracious..great balls of crap.
Ben Spies was pushed, he didn't jump, and it was Rossi who gave him the shove.
Do you honestly think he quit, to ride for BMW in WSB at first, then the Ducati junior team?..sure thing Farnarkle. He was told at Mugello Rossi was replacing him and spat the dummy.
He knew what was required pre-season and didn't bring home the bacon. Yamaha were in a quandry, keep the underperforming American and look stupid with accusations of passport favoritism, or promote Crutchlow/Dovi..until Rossi made it clear he was leaving Ducati.
They pulled his arm off mate, much to the displeasure of Jorge, who wanted a soft team mate..Ironic isn't it.
He could have had a works RCV too, but never considered going back to the Repsol team or indeed Honda, because of the bad feeling when he left 2003 and because of their promise to 'crush' his career and prove it was the bike, not him, that had made the difference. Typical HRC. Didn't work out too clever for them did it?
Are you seriously stating that in 2009/10 when the deals were cut for 2011, Rossi had nowhere to go but Ducati? As reigning champ for the two previous years?..bit of a fanboy cliche that one n'est pas?
I'll have a fiver that dung-beetles push Orange balls of crap in your neck of the woods.