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Rossi to ride in one-man team for 2006??

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' started by rc36, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. Yamaha and Valentino Rossi may have announced that they will extend their partnership for a third season, but significant changes could still take place for 2006 with rumours suggesting that the Italian will be part of a one man team backed by telecommunications company Alice.

    Spanish sportspaper AS claims that Rossi intends to shun tobacco sponsorship and return to his 500cc roots - when he rode a Nastro Azzurro backed Honda (lower pics), in a one man team, with which he went on to win the 2001 world championship.

    However, the report states that Rossi would continue to rely on Jerry Burgess, who has been with the #46 since his Nastro Azzurro Honda days, as his crew chief and that his existing pit crew - whom he took with him from Repsol Honda at the end of 2003 - will also be unchanged.

    Telefonica Movistar, who currently back Rossi's arch rival Sete Gibernau, are said to have been interested in backing the 'new' team, before Italian company Alice clinched the deal. Alice (pronounced 'A-leech-a')were the 2003 title sponsor for Aprilia and currently have a lesser presence on the factory Ducatis.

    AS also claims that the satellite Tech 3 outfit, which currently runs Toni Elias and Ruben Xaus, will lose Yamaha support, while the 'official' two man factory team will hire an as yet unnamed rider to join Colin Edwards - reducing the total number of M1s on the MotoGP grid to three.

    Impressive rookie Elias would be the obvious choice for the third 2006 Yamaha seat.

    courtesy crash.net
  2. Ah the silly season has started already, lets see what else it comes up with:):):):):):)
  3. And after all the permutations are worked out it's still a case of who gets to come second in the championship, we already know who will win.
  4. Looks like I wont be needing to set the VCR next year either, talk about engineered boredom. :cry:
  5. Well WSBK is still interesting and I'd say next season should be good too. It would be a shame to lose Vermulen to MotoGP but it's an understandable step for the guy. Maybe the ranks will be filled out with all the rideless ex MotoGP riders after the end of this season. I'm a cynic though, if Barros and Careless Chucca can still get a ride then most of the dead wood will probably remain.
  6. Unfortunately, WSBK is becoming a refuge for older or less successful GP riders on the way down in their career. Doesn't make the racing any less interesting, and allowing that the WSBK grids are much fuller than the GP grids, it does make for interesting racing.

    My remarks in another post concerning the need for Honda to sack most of their present GP riders still stands!!!!!