MotoGP » Rossi: 2002 was biggest change

Valentino Rossi says 500cc to 990cc was the biggest change of his MotoGP career.

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Living Legend - Unregistered

March 05, 2011 7:16 AM

Mark my words...Thre is NOTHING VR cannot adapt to, the guy is a genius, a master of disaster, the KING of 2 wheels and although he might not win the first race once the bike is 'his' there'll be fireworks! Believe me it'll all end in tears for Stoner this year....

billie_morini - Unregistered

March 05, 2011 7:43 AM

It'd be interesting if Rossi is sand bagging. I dont think he is this time, though. In the beginning of the season the racing will be between Lorenzo, Stoner, and Pedrosa. There wil be various others that attempt to spoil. Watch for Dovi, Spies, Sic, etc., in the spoiler role.

2 stroke - Unregistered

March 05, 2011 8:07 AM

BReeeaa bbbbbbbaa, Rossi was fearless in the first 2 years on the 2 stroke. Pity Suzuki did not give KRjnr the goods to give him competition in 01.

Thanks Crash for the good memories while also ruining my morning.

While I love all the racing and advancement we have today....those of you who never had the pleasure to sit, ride, race, or observe the 500 2 stokers breeeaaaaaaa. WICKED

another racing fan - Unregistered

March 05, 2011 8:24 AM

I am getting tired of hearing that Rossi is sandbagging or holding back, all these guys in motogp are super competitive and winning is everything so if he had a chance to run at the front during these tests I believe he would have, I am a big Rossi fan but I am not that starstruck that I cannot see that he has set himself up for a very difficult year


March 05, 2011 8:46 AM
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The big difference from 2002 is that Rossi isn't moving from the best bike in the field to an even better one. Rossi having the luxury of the superb RC211V, with only Ukawa similarly equipped for most of 2002, would have eased any transition difficulties caused by the move to a big four stroke. His main rivals from Yamaha and Suzuki were also going through the same shift.

This time he is moving from the championship winning bike that has been moulded to his style to one that is hard to ride fast and has a record of losing the front. The opposition is stronger both in terms of riders and factory supported competitive machinery and he is carrying a recovering shoulder.

The 2 stroke to 4 stroke transition may have been bigger but the current one must currently seem a lot harder.

hillbillly - Unregistered

March 05, 2011 8:48 AM

Rossi previous interview:

"He compared the challenge of moving to Ducati to 2004, when he left Honda for Yamaha and began the process of turning the Yamaha YZF-M1 into what is now considered the finest MotoGP weapon. The difference, he pointed out, is that “at that time I was 100% physically and it was the bike that had to grow more. In this case with Ducati, the bike is already strong, it just has to be fine-tuned, so to say. But especially in this case I have to get back in shape."

So now its the reverse huh?????? The shoulders okay but the bikes harder to ride????? The change to Ducati is now harder than that to Yamaha????

Both Rossi/Burgess said it was all easier at Ducati???? Why the turnaround?????

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