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Rossi to ride a Ducati

Just in case you missed the horribly kept secret - it's official. Valentino Rossi is moving from Yamaha and will ride a Ducati next year. 31-year-old Rossi, a winner of nine motorcycling world titles in all, created rumours of a departure from Yamaha by entering into the last year of his contract without a new deal.

The Italian rider has been a dominant force in MotoGP for many years and the move to Ducati will bring new challenges for him.

No doubt Yamaha isn't overly joyed to see him leave the Yamaha tent because even if he isn't winning he's one of the biggest names in MotoGP and brings a ton of attention to the brand that he's riding.

Ducati on the other hand is beaming with the news that they've got Rossi lined up for next year.

"We are delighted that Valentino Rossi will be with us from 2011. He is a paragon of excellence in the world of motorcycling," Ducati Motor Holding president Gabriele Del Torchio said in a statement.