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would be good for Ducati....better then having someone over here buy it and ruin the company. I'd rather not see another Harley-MV Agusta situation.

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Yeah at least the VW/Audi/Porsche group understands performance.
As opposed to Harley-Davidson buying MV Agusta.

I have no idea what technology transfer MV would have gotten out of that deal.
Nice paint and innovative use of chrome?
Would have made about as much sense as John Deere buying Ferrari.
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Harley opened up the door for MV to get into the China manufacturing market...since thats where their parts are now made.

I like the VW pairing with the Duc....maybe a navi/bluetooth system is in order for the 1098??

It would be nice just for Ducati to sustain on their own without the fear of being bought/sold/traded etc...



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MV provided a performance "halo" for Harley. They still owned Buell at the time. Could have transferred technology related to: Radial heads, Italian styling (Willie just announced retirement), Multiple World Championship pedigree, Magneti-Marelli engine management upgrades. Could also mean they need help to get to where BMW went with it's Boxer motor, water-cooling due to strict EURO regs.
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Audi bought it. i think it will be good for Ducati. may help there MotoGP effort.

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Well, perhaps Rossi & the rest will now get the Ducati investment & development they need to be quicker.... Then again, maybe not!

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Well, perhaps Rossi & the rest will now get the Ducati investment & development they need to be quicker.... Then again, maybe not!
One of many rumors is, Rossi will not last the season with Ducati.
He may choose to negotiate out of his contract.
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One of many rumors is, Rossi will not last the season with Ducati.
He may choose to negotiate out of his contract.
Perhaps. He doesn't seem to be all that happy with a bike that can't hack it with the others.

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