MotoGP » Doohan: You get ten years at the top


"I'm not saying that Rossi's career is over, but it's not a downhill ride any more, I think he's at the bottom of the slope" - Mick Doohan.

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Chriszx6r - Unregistered

April 11, 2011 1:28 PM

I have seen Rossi's peaks and troughs over the years.

I am not his no1 fan, particularly recently, but he is an amazing racer still pulling out stunning moves (Catalunya last lap last corner vs world champ Lorenzo?).

He is in a trough at the moment - taming a Ducati, 2 races in, with supposedly an injury. He will peak again as has been seen time and time again.

Whether that peak will be high enough to trump Stoner or Lorenzo this year.... I'm not sure but can't wait to find out.

vros46

April 11, 2011 1:35 PM

If this is true and Rossi is on his way out how is it he crashed out last year then missed 4 races and still beat Stoner to third place in the championship.

Does this mean Stoner is also passed his best.

RawDawg

April 11, 2011 1:48 PM

If anyone says anything about Rossi that's not worshiping him at the alter than it "He's a Rossi hater". And heaven if that same person says anything remotely positive about Stoner than he also a "Stoner apologist".

RawDawg

April 11, 2011 1:50 PM

"If this is true and Rossi is on his way out how is it he crashed out last year then missed 4 races and still beat Stoner to third place in the championship."

yeah because you know that has absolutely nothing to do with Rossi being on the best bike and Casey on a pig. nothing at all does it mate?

We'll see how many races Rossi wins on the thing and were he finishes the title this year now won't we?

vros46

April 11, 2011 2:01 PM

"yeah because you know that has absolutely nothing to do with Rossi being on the best bike and Casey on a pig. nothing at all does it mate?"

How many times has it been said on this site that stoner could still win races at the end of last season on the Pig.Or does that statement not come in to play when his ability comes into question?

Dennis Appleby - Unregistered

April 11, 2011 3:04 PM

My guess is that Rossi moved on from Honda to Yamaha because Honda considered their bike won Rossi his championship. I have always believed that the rider has always been the final piece in a very complex process that wins the championship for a manufacturer. That is why Rossi(and Team Support) took up the challange and went to Yamaha. A new challenge is why Rossi and Team Support have moved to Ducati.... I am surprise Rossi's first words to Stoner after Jerz were not "You are absolutly right Casey. There is something wrong with the front end of this Ducati. Is that's why you moved to Honda?" Rossi and his Team Support like a challenge. It is called FUN. That is what racing should be about. Good on all you boys out there with your leg over a racing motorcycle.

monster

April 11, 2011 3:47 PM

@Dennis Appleby

Um dude ...the only reason why Rossi went to Ducati was because it was an "alien" free zone

He'd already blocked Stoners move to Yamaha in 2007(go to AMCN or The Melboune Age archives) and he'd chucked his toys out of the Yamaha pram about Lorenzo.

This only leaves his "burnt bridge" at Honda(with an "I can hand your a55 on a plate" Pedrosa at the end of it)

So he basicaly painted himself into a red corner(which is better than a blue corner...but not much)

edson - Unregistered

April 11, 2011 4:20 PM

doohan is envious of vr46 he broke all is records,is chasing agostine records now.rossi gets all this recognision on his development skill something mick never got bcoz he had none.rossi had the same fate like him to break is leg and pull another rabbit from the hat by tecovering something doohan never did.bcoz wen he was full recovered rossi come along and soon he realised his time was up.bcoz none missed him and motogp was in better hands and become a more enjoyable sport to watch.peace off hater the world doesnt need to now what u thing.keep ur suggestion to ur patrons that pay ur salary repsol honda.ducati is in safe hands with hard work like always he will move back to the front challenge and win again.

Deepree - Unregistered

April 11, 2011 4:31 PM

As far as skills and talents, Rossi is still loaded. He may be a better racer now than 5 years ago. One of the problems is that the new bloods are as, if not more, talented. Rossi only has experience and more race-craft on them. It happens to all athletes. Once the bar is set, the new generation will eventually surpass it. Rossi may well be at his peak but it won't be enough to stop the Stoners, Lorenzos, Marquez, and who ever is coming in the next...

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