Why Lorenzo won't relive Rossi's Ducati nightmare

Why Lorenzo won't relive Rossi's Ducati nightmare

Jorge Lorenzo is following in Valentino Rossi's footsteps by ditching Yamaha for Ducati. But whereas Rossi would like to forget his years in red, it's already looking like this could be a good move for Lorenzo

Six years apart, two Yamaha-contracted riders clad in black stepped onto unbranded Ducatis at Valencia, in the week after the final race of the MotoGP season. Valentino Rossi was out of the door again two winless seasons later, but Jorge Lorenzo's days in red look destined to be much happier.

Rossi's 2011-12 spell at Ducati is an unfortunate footnote on his otherwise glittering career. Having won seven titles in 11 years with Honda and then Yamaha - bringing success to the latter - he backed himself to go to Ducati and make things work.

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