Valentino Rossi has used the Ferrari Formula One team as an example of an Italian racing outfit that managed to emerge from a deep crisis.
Increasingly frustrated with Ducati's lack of progress in MotoGP in 2012, the Italian motorcycle great said Maranello based Ferrari turned around a similar slump in a matter of mere months.
"They too were far behind at the beginning, and it was Fernando (Alonso) who made a difference, but then the team also progressed.
"But, us (Ducati), we do not improve," he told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.
With Ben Spies having announced his departure from Yamaha after 2012, passionate followers of the MotoGP championship are expecting to see Valentino Rossi make a switch back to Yamaha in 2013, after Nicky Hayden has confirmed he will ride for the Audi owned Ducati team in 2013 and Briton Cal Crutchlow is expected to move onto the Marlboro red machine from his satellite Tech 3 Yamaha ride.