MotoGP » Ducati debuts: Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Stoner

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

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stavros - Unregistered

December 11, 2010 12:38 AM

"C'mon RawDawg.
Do you HONESTLY think Rossi was trying to put in a quick lap?"

OF COURSE HE WAS. The idea that Rossi was just wobbling around the track scratching his **** is such crap. The whole point of testing is to circulate as fast as you COMFORTABLY can in order to get the best information to give to the engineers. Stoner and Lorenzo weren't trying to break world records in testing either, but their times indicate they were a lot more comfortable on their respective bikes. Rossi times indicate there is a lot of work to do at Ducati, which is why they are in full crisis mode right now whatever there media statements say.

vonich - Unregistered

December 11, 2010 12:43 AM

i think burgess and ducatis is covering up rossi's lap time by saying that rossi is just trying to get use to the ducati.. at one point he maybe trying to get to know the bike. but just like what Dawg said during those tesy rossi have atleast push the bike to the limit to find the behavior of the bike when its on its limits.. no wonder the engineer and burgess and com. are all in balognia to do what? to sorted out the front end problem.. i'm sure Hayden is excited for next year as he knows that as soon as rossi sorted out the bike he knows he will benefit him. because rossi develoops the bike as friendly riders bike.


December 11, 2010 12:47 AM

So RawDawg.
If your shoulder had been giving you grief all year, and you were getting it operated on 1 week after the test, you would risk injury, pre op, and risk the whole of season 2011, on a good 1st out test time?
As it is, it's already dodgey getting an operation between seasons, if all goes well.
Even his next outing won't be in anger.
And no, I'm not looking through yellow Rossi glasses.
Just common sense.
Sorry, can't agree with you this time. Not 1 bit.
Roll on 2011.


............ - Unregistered

December 11, 2010 1:20 AM

It is impossible to get feedback from a bike ridden below the limit. The chassis, suspension and tires don't talk back to the rider accordingly. Rossi knows well Stoner is the only rider to tame that bike. He didn't even bother changing his style. He went back to ducati and told them "I want a red M1 so get to work because I'm not riding this thing like Stoner does". With his GOAT influence he can get ducati to do whatever he pleases because the factory is the one who's gonna get blamed if he doesn't perform.

Bob Buttamasangy

December 11, 2010 1:45 AM

btw, I thought it was a totally relevant article!
Conditions were as close as they could have been in each case, so it's a clear indication of how the rider adapted to the bike.
As someone said, if Hayden gets an improved bike, and he doesn't treat Flo like he's made of glass like he used to, then I can see Nick ahead of him regularly.
Will Hayden get the upgrades though? Wouldn't surprise me if it was off limits to anyone but Flo.

Lozza - Unregistered

December 11, 2010 1:58 AM

Ahh Bobby there you are! Hyden will get all the updates as the man in yellow, I mean that would surely be in Ducati's interest would'nt it? Remember it's not just the riders championship that these people compete for. The more riders up front in you team then it stands to reason that the more bikes you will sell. Are we still mates Bobbie or what?????

Bob Buttamasangy

December 11, 2010 2:18 AM

You know what they say about mates, Looza!
Anyway, the updates are unproven, expensive and take time, so they are not a 'given' for Hayden by any means, let alone the non-factory teams.
I think Nick will be treated like the red-headed stepson for a while yet! Could be a Crappirossi/Stoner type result for Duc next year!
Anyway, I've got some free grog to drink, be back as coherent as ever later tonite! Haha...


December 11, 2010 2:27 AM

Would not have expected any other comment from you Bobby boy. Any article that makes Rossi look anything but good would please you. Glad to see your not in any way a hypocrite. We know where we stand with you.
Hope your boy does good next year, I really do. Because that will prove he can ride, and dispel all the arguments that is was the Ducati only. My bet is he comes 4th in the title. Were do you think Rossi will finish?
Think carefully before you answer. There could be a free entry ticket to the Aust GP in it for you. LOL.


Lozza - Unregistered

December 11, 2010 2:31 AM

Bobby you going to get into a few cans of intelligents hey, good for you, hope you have one for the man in yellow too. Lets hope Hayden gets to share in the updates too because he is a very deserving rider and his input will be of great use to Ducati. Anyway it's a cup of tea for me and back to the knitting. You take care Bobbie.

P.S. The Brits should be fast asleep now so maybe we can play up a bit. He he he, love you guys over there in the mother land, hugs and kisses to all and a very Merry Xmas to everybody.

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