Rossi to Announce Ducati Move This Weekend?

This weekend schedules another MotoGP race without reigning champion Valentino Rossi in his Yamaha bike, in Catalunya, but that isn't to mean The Doctor won't keep making the headlines in the upcoming few days. According to a report from, citing a source close to the matter, it seems that the Italian ace will likely announce his future deal in the MotoGP this weekend.

And this doesn't come as a shock to many people, as Rossi had already told the media prior to the start of the 2010 campaign that he will make a final decision on his future midway through the season. Since he was sidelined starting the race at Mugello, he had plenty of time to think about his new deal, and it seems that his switch to Italian manufacturer Ducati is imminent.

In fact, the aforementioned source suggested that the two parties have already reached an agreement for 2011 and onwards, which will see Rossi replace Casey Stoner in the Italian team. The Australian seems Repsol Honda-bound, where he would most than likely take the place of Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa. However, the latter will not necessarily move to Yamaha – for a complete trio switch – as Ben Spies is believed to graduate from Tech 3 to Yamaha's factory outfit.

Obviously these are only rumors at the moment, but once the first move will be made, it's likely that all the other pieces of the puzzle will add up immediately.

Additional information on this potential deal seems to link Rossi to some future Ferrari F1 tests, given Ducati's close relationship with countrymen Ferrari (they host the Wrooom event together each year, at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in the Dolomites).
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