MotoGP » Gardner: Rossi lost shoulder gamble

“It's a complete disaster and I can see no significant benefit in Rossi having delayed his surgery to test the Ducati late last year,” – Wayne Gardner.

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DW - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 11:44 AM

Actually Gardner is correct, although there still may not have been enough time to heal properly.

One of our riders injured his shoulder similar to Rossi, & after the operation & trying to make a competitive comeback after 3 months, then 6 months, then 8 months ... eventually retired because he was still having trouble turning the bike without pain.
About a year after that, he got a chance to fill in for an injured rider at a test, & found the injury healed ... & he's now having no probs & winning again.

This injury takes longer than expected to heal, & is more difficult to ride around that people realise.

Ty46 - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 11:55 AM

These guys want to be so smart and say big things, but are wrong.

Qatar and Jerez were/are too early, but after Jerez, Rossi has 3 weeks to get better. Then 2 more, then 3 more. If the new Ducati parts will make the bike better, Rossi should fight for the win from the 4th GP. He will have 15 races to make up for what he loses in the first 3.

G-Banger - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 12:03 PM

Yeh pigs might fly too eh Ty?
Gardner's column is a laugh and he enjoys stating things after the fact and well to put it mildly slightly self absorbed,but hey it is just my opinion so don't get all strange on me now.
Yep Rossi lost in just about every department lately and I would love to see him racing the fast men but sadly that isn't going to be.Oh well.


March 30, 2011 1:16 PM

Guess it must be a slow news day on Wayne's site.

Maybe if Vale had tested the Ducati last year he would be in an even worse place. The winter months without feedback would have been with less focus for the engineers. Personally I wished at the time that he had gone for surgery but there is one person and one alone on this planet who was qualified to make the decision. The bottom line is that there is still not a factory or team who would not like to be able to have Valentino on their machine. You don't have to like the guy to know that is true.

Buzz Beurling - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 1:40 PM

whether the "great" wayne gardner is correct or not...

i for one am fed up of hearing what this old has been has to say...he just likes the sound of his own voice..

why does he get any column inches? the mans a quack.

go back to retirement wayne..sit back..drink a few tinnies and rescue people from your "opinions" which you can bravely keep to yourself.

funnily enough i am not saying he's wrong..i just don't care to hear from him at all

doohan...that would be different.


March 30, 2011 1:58 PM

Gardner is about 50% correct, This would have worked out reasonably well for Rossi if the was bike was half (a quarter?) as good as they thought it was.

Unfortunately they were fooled by Stoners ability to make a sow's ear look like a silk purse

Andy Coumbe

March 30, 2011 2:03 PM

Whilst I do not agree with everything Gardner says, I'm not sure if he is best placed to offer an opinion like this. Only Rossi knows what is best for himself, so lets see how the season progresses shall we?

Sadly, I am not an ex world champ like Gardner, so I dont get my own column, but he should at least have made mention of Rossi's position in respect to his team mate?

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