MotoGP » Rossi: I’ll have to grit my teeth at Jerez


“We'll have to try and do better than we have until now” – Valentino Rossi.

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Stephen - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 3:00 AM

It's over Valentino. A ducati or a slowzuki is a career end'er. That was the worst mistake to ever make. Those manufacturers are hard headed and lack innovation.

sleepy - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 3:26 AM

@bender Jerez last year was when they really started to confirm serious front end issues with the Ducati, towards the end of the season they started to improve the bike around this area to the point where it was winning races. Since the new season Hayden is claiming they have made improvements with the bike, so I would suggest it is far better sorted than this time last year. Qatar, IMO, is not a good track to determine how good or bad the Ducati/Rossi match are and I think we will get a better look this weekend.

TedG

March 31, 2011 5:35 AM

Rossi is the only thing that is going to keep this season from being the biggest snore fest in MotoGP history. The Hondas are totally sorted, as are the Yamaha's. Stoner is just going to just run away with the other Hondas in tow. The outcome is almost predictable. Boring crap. Rossi is now the underdog, but as he heals, as the bike gets more sorted and he becomes more competitive there will be some drama. Other than that ..... boring. Watching a runaway race week after week is not worth watching.

fastfisheye

March 31, 2011 5:51 AM

Rossi has a very good track record at Jerez and i think he will up his game this weekend. A podium is probably a step too far but he will fight between 4th and 7th and I expect him to be nearer the front of the second group than he was at Qatar. Doubters, remember what Scwantz used to do on the POS Suzuki.

I am thinking Stoner will have it slightly tougher this weekend an I predict the podium to be Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Stoner in that order. Dani will break away at the front and try to make sufficient gap to take the win, Jerez should be a little kinder on his shoulder.

Unregistered - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 6:06 AM

I think maybe the Honda has improved the most, with the Yamaha & Ducati improving only marginally. The big difference is that Ducati lost the freakish Stoner as the only rider who could ride it. Speaks volumes about Casey. We shouldn't discount Rossi though, as he proved his ability by bringing home the 1st Ducati. Let's see if he accomplishes this again and prove to everyone that all those on the Ducati are suffering from the same woes.

DontTalkShite

March 31, 2011 6:56 AM

@BlahBlahBlah, couldn't have said it better. Leads in almost to what TedG says. We could potentially have a boring season if everyone 'succumbs' to whatever issues they have. Get on that farken bike and ride it like you stole it! Win or lose, if you ride the begezzus out of it, you will win many fans, and probably races. If you overcome obstacles, you will be admired. Sick of hearing about shoulders and bike setup, and chassis development and shoulders, and front end grip and, oh, did I mention shoulders. Ride the blo@dy bike, HARD!

rick65

March 31, 2011 7:08 AM

If you only want to watch Rossi it could be a boring season as he may not be on the screen as much as you are used to (particularly in the first half of the season)
If you like watching racing, Stoner v Lorenzo, hopefully with a recovered Pedrosa thrown in and Spies, Simo etc in the picture could provide some value. There have been a lot worse races than Qatar 2011.
When Ducati and Rossi and Hayden get their acts together it will only get better.

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