Andrea Dovizioso to Take Rossi’s Place at Ducati

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Now that we know that Valentino Rossi is definitely headed for Yamaha in 2013, alongside Jorge Lorenzo, we were wondering who was going to take his place at Ducati. Well, now we know that he will replaced by another Italian, Andrea Dovizioso.
He signed a two-year deal with Ducati and will ride alongside Nicky Hayden for the next season. According to Gabriele Del Torchio, President of Ducati, "The agreement reached with Andrea Dovizioso confirms the company's primary interest in racing, which is an active and strategic part of Ducati's DNA and heritage [. . .] It is with great pleasure that I welcome Andrea, as we marshal our best efforts in confronting the MotoGP World Championship [. . .] Along with Nicky Hayden, with whom we have renewed a working agreement, we are confident that we will be able to proceed with our development programme, to compete, and to obtain the results and rewards that will repay our efforts and the faith that our partners, sponsors and fans have never failed to demonstrate."

The 26 year-old also seems very confident that he will be able to adapt to the Ducati bike, as he has done with the Yamaha bike, saying "No rider likes to change often, but it's okay: I have adapted to the Yamaha bike, so I'll do the same with the Ducati."

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