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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johnnyoza - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 8:01 AM

@Simon...If you going to post a fact...make sure you get the fact right or you just look like a dummy..1998 Max Biaggi wins first 500 race in Japan after setting pole and fastest lap.1998 Czech grand prix Max wins again..Check the records Doohan was in those races.

baz - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 8:18 AM

im a fan sport and only thing i would say is to the rossi haters is that when he went to yamaha it was a s..t bike that he and his team brought back to winning ways, also he if you followed the sport you would know that for years rossi said he would love to retire on a italian bike and i dont think he was back to a corner like you haters say. Yes his getting old but next year with the reyrn of 1000cc he will be the big threat in the champ

Julius - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 8:20 AM

@Willow: statistically speaking you are correct but don't forget that 7% of those 14% believe that statistically speaking 7% of people believe that the other 7% represent the other statistics. that's from a statistical perspective. Dont censor this CRASH its a joke.

Hongamanooga - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 8:40 AM

Everyone here is talking about Rossi past his time etc. probably because it's Lorenzo with the No1 sticker but remember that everybody got talking the same thing in 2008 and especially 2009. But, guess what, Rossi still pulled the trick. The point is that When Rossi faced his opposition without injuries in the way, he blasted them apart, even the experienced 2009 Lorenzo.

I will give merit to Doohan that Rossi is facing an uphill battle, given his problems with his fitness and the bike but I believe this adversity will give him new motivation and so I believe that he will be fully competitive at the last part of the season and especailly the next.

As far as Doohan himself is concerned, I've watched many of his races in te pre 1995 era, he wasn't that spectacular when fighting against the likes of Rainey and Schwantz. I believe his domination was due to a "thin competition" situation, rather like the one Rossi found himself during 2001-2003. I'm not saying he wouldn't be champion oth

Doohan is a legend. - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 8:53 AM

Doohan kicked Rainey and Swantz's ass in 92 before his accident.That was when he was coming into his time.In 92 Doohan would still have taken the title he was that far infront had they not conveniently changed the points system of from the previous years.Rainey also had the then superior Dunlop tyres.
Doohan could only beat who he raced against and from 92 he did that astoundingly even after the Dutch vets wanted to amputate his leg.No need to try and diminish this great man.

ritchy - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 9:27 AM

I think Doohan needs to learn the history books Waynne Rainey was born in 1960 he was 500cc world champion 1990 '91 '92 and could of won in '93 if it wasn't for his career ending crash. Rainey was 30 when he won his first world 500 title so age has nothing really to do with it, even Schumacher had a crack at the german superbikes after he retired from F1.

ritchy - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 9:53 AM

Doohan has always made contradictave comments I always remember Doohan saying he reckoned Kevin Schwantz gave up racing too soon?? Kevin was 29 when he won his first 500 world title, Eddie lawson was 31 when he won his forth title. Maybe the competition wasn't as tough back then but these guys were riding killer machines and 90% of the time you got hurt bad when you crashed.

TDS - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 10:29 AM

For crying out loud!! How many times has Valentino Rossi been written off? Just because he loses a couple of races, or doesn't actually win a championship then that's it! Finished! Might as well pack it in! What a load of codswallop! It is when Valentino is up against it that he manages to astound everyone! He needs motivation, he needs challenges, he needs competition! Who wouldn't after all these years at the top. Who comes from no-where and wins? Who starts at the back and wins? Who gets time penalties and still wins? Who has no chance and continues to win?? Valentino Rossi does !!! Finished, my a-se!!

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