MotoGP » Rossi, Hayden join fans at Ducati send-off party


Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden appear in front of 38,000 fans at 'Ducati MotoGP Night'.

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eminusx - Unregistered

March 06, 2011 11:32 AM

it sounds slightly premature i know, but i think given the strength of the top 6 this year, and the amount of time it could take to be in a position to fight the top 3, then 4th could start looking like a great result

early days but I cant wait to see how this pans out, thankfully not long to wait.

TheTroll

March 06, 2011 11:32 AM

Rossi is by no means finished but he made a bad choice going to Ducrappy. If he can avoid injury and get BACK ON PROPER KIT HE MAY HAVE 2 YEARS LEFT IN HIM. Melandri went through the same dismal showing but showed on the Hayate that he still had it. Jorge had his number last year but he should have stayed on a yamaha. Even if it meant being number 2 or losing to JLo again.

steve jackson - Unregistered

March 06, 2011 11:38 AM

Luv him or hate him (but for the shear enjoyment he has given us over the past decade, I really can't see why, although jealousy really is a nasty thing) you really can't write off a champion with that much support so soon. I for one admire him having the gonadds to go and ride a different make of machine, and should he finish within the top three by the end of this year, there will be alot of arm chair know it alls choking on there big slice of humble pie !!!! Time will tell.

TheTroll

March 06, 2011 12:02 PM

Fan support will not make that thing do fast laps steve. Engineering will be the only thing to come to his rescue. They need to do some corporate espionage and ditch the stuff that doesn't work in favor of better design/materials.If the best rider in the world can't win on it, then who can?(oh wait, somebody has, does that mean...)

steve jackson - Unregistered

March 06, 2011 12:09 PM

@troll

You must have the same crystal ball as Rawdawg, as judging by your comments you seem to have somehow arrived at the end of november and already seen that VR hasn't won on the Ducati. Like I say, wait and see and please don't choke on your extra large piece of pie !!!

Southerner

March 06, 2011 12:16 PM

I wish them well.The spectacle needs Ducati to be in the mix race in and race out.
Great send off,but anyone believing they are a force to reckoned with in 2011 needs their head read.
They will get faster,but so will HRC,Yamaha,and dare I mention 'O Sole mio' Suzuki.
The 696 and 796 Monster bikes resplendant in #69 and #46 liveries.How many will they sell ?
Not much after Quatar,so get your's later.
Buy one,get one free a couple of months down the track.

TheTroll

March 06, 2011 12:52 PM
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Steve,
Stoner was third on it in his first test and I am pretty sure not much lower than that from the first time he rode a ducati(testing). He was never 10th or 11th. Hayden has now also gone backwards on it since the Rossi changes. The crystal ball has no number 46 on it, no smoke and mirrors and no PR spin. The injury excuse will get old around LeMans thats when he will throw his toys out of the pram with Mugello coming up.Thats my crystal ball prediction

crasher - Unregistered

March 06, 2011 1:05 PM

It's only Rossi can make this event happened like this. No other riders equal with his popularity & charming power to attract such huge crowd.

Now Ducati has proved that Rossi is bigger than the manufacture. For the first time Duc becomes humble. It's just because of Rossi.

scorpio46 - Unregistered

March 06, 2011 1:26 PM

Forgive me but I thought this site was for motorcycle racing fans not armchair racers/critics. Bike racing is about the spectacle as a whole which includes all the riders who line up on the grid, they deserve our respect for riding these amazing machines.I have been a bike racing fan for 45 years and have seen a lot of spectacular racing but I have never heard so much hostility and lack of respect as I have on this site from people who wouldn't get to the first corner on one of these machines. Whether you like him or not VR has done more for racing both on and off the track than other rider for many a year. He has nothing to prove to anyone and if he wants to jump on another bike it is to be admired, so what if he doesn't win a race this year the fact that he still wants to go out and race is enough for me. Best of luck to all the riders and stay safe, I look forward to an interesting season.

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