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Valentino Rossi's Ducati MotoGP debut compared with Nicky Hayden, Marco Melandri and Casey Stoner before him.

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rick65

December 14, 2010 10:25 AM

The racing will be dullwithout Rossi?
Spies on a works bikes and familiar with the circuits, four works Hondas, Hayden in his third year on the Ducati possibly threatening more podiums and the reigning world champion with the the same team as last year should guarantee good racing. I don't see any of that lot winning as convincingly as Lorenzo did this year.
A competitive Rossi will be the icing on the cake of what could be a great year.
The data on debuts and first seasons only indicates that Rossi will have to be better than Hayden or Melandri to achieve that competitiveness. He is and probably will.

Southerner

December 14, 2010 3:49 PM

Well posted rick65.Of course I want Rossi to be competitive for exactly the reasons you put forward.
What I don't want to see is an HRC/Yamaha slugfest for the title and an interesting mid pack battle between the Ducati riders accompanied by a lone ranger Suzuki and a couple of satteleite Yamaha's.
Another 2006 style championship is what I'm hoping for,without a Catalunya style debacle thrown in for non-entertainment.

Southerner

December 14, 2010 5:03 PM

I certainly expect so Patrocles. All he has to do is put Nicky,Randy,Loris and Karel in their respective places come Sepang test.Should be a doddle,given the blank cheque book and total focus he has within Marlboro/Ducati right now.

Twissta

December 14, 2010 8:08 PM

Bob as ted said and I agree, Rossi and Burgess as a team, note he took him with him again after speculations stated that JB was going to retire? yeah right when racing is in your blood it's there for good.

This team has a wealth of knowledge and experience, the best tuner, rider with mad skills, translating feedback in simple english or terms that tuners can understand etc...

Has sit ever crossed your mind that they may go in there (DUCATI) and change the whole way of thinking, the way they do business, the way they build there bikes and bring something new to the table. I have seen the doctor and crew do it within the last 5yrs. so what make you think it cannot be done again. It is obvious that Ducati have pulled all stops to make this union happen.

blue hurricane - Unregistered

December 14, 2010 10:39 PM

hear hear Twissta, could not agree more.
The Rossi - haters (can you still use that word?) will take every once of negative from that last test and focus on that - fair enough. As Southener said, if you go by just the data from last test, does not look so good for Rossi, BUT Rossi is not a midpacker or also run.. he is one of the 4 aliens, with the most WC's in the 800 aera. With the money and resources Ductai is throwing at it, any of the aliens, but especially Rossi (with Burgess) can turn this pig around..

Bob Buttamasangy

December 15, 2010 3:29 AM

Now we're getting somewhere! Haha...
Did I just hear someone say, that without the budget of a small developing country and access to the forefront of technology in motorcycle racing, that Burgess and his rider will NOT be able to do, what a young Aussie farmboy has done more than anyone in the history of the 800's, despite clear indications that he and his team mate, may not have received the cooperation and engineering support they'd requested from their team?
So where does the real talent lay?

TedG

December 15, 2010 5:05 AM
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Well maybe he will have better luck with Honda on an already developed bike. I for one want him to do well and be in the heat of the battle. And I have faith that Rossi and friends will turn the Ducati into the machine to be envious of. Much more than the Yamaha. And I am a Yamaha fan.

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