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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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!!

Hongamanooga - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 11:05 AM

I am not trying to degrade Doohan, not the least, I know about his achievements and his hardships very well. Doohan was racing against the rest from 1989 -onwards and his crash at Assen or the tyres (which Michelin had much improved from 1992-onwards) can not alone be held responsible for the fact that he managed a championship only in 1994, a full 5 years after he first appeared to the scene. Compare that with 2 years for Rossi, 3 years for Lorenzo, 2 (or 3? don't remember how long he'd ridden that satellite Honda) for Stoner...

My point is that he was, indeed, truly awesome but I can't agree he was clearly better than Rainey or Schwantz (in speed since Schwantz was lacking in cool-headedness) or that he would be clearly better than Lorenzo, Rossi or Stoner, were these chaps racing during the 90's. These are very big "ifs" we are discussing about and claims like "Doohan is the best of all" are very fragile as they are equally fragile in claiming that Rossi is the "goat".

TDS - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 12:14 PM

I don't think you can really compare riders from different eras. So much changes that it isn't really possible to say who is better than who! Look at all the electronics these days, maybe riders from Doohan's days wouldn't have coped so well and vice versa, riders these days rely a lot on rider aides so how do you compare?? I actually think electronics have ruined racing to a certain extent and riders like Valentino Rossi, who was brilliant on the monsterous 500's, have their abilities curtailed when aides kick in and take over. The races in Doohans days where far more entertaining as it was all about the rider's skills and I much prefer them to those we see now, but that's the way it goes I suppose. Electronics have to stop somewhere surely????

some1 - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 12:29 PM

What Doohan said is just a plain reality that everyone who has a clear head understood it and know already. But when it come from a GP legend, it has more weight.

The yellow brigade still struggle to get it when they has not even get over with their puberty yet.

BulletProof

April 12, 2011 1:33 PM

I can see comments of hates and insults but my friends Calling other people names and insulting wont do any good to all of us! lets just wait and see as the season goes! but don't forget anything that has a beginning has an ending!

edson - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 2:38 PM

mick is just say what he feels acording to is on expirience.that doesnt mean he is right.i believe ducati have a different feeling abt otherwise they wouldnt pay him they millions.doohan 89-99.schwartz 87-95 roberts72-83 rossi entered gps in 96 and went 500 in 2000.don't see fatigue yet.that makes a point

se se - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 3:02 PM

You rossi haters are so predictable any time the so called experts like MD,or WG,to name just two have something GOOD to say about Rossi they should just shut up.Put when they say something negative about Rossi then and only then they know what there talking about.You guys are beyond funny,then you say that Rossi fans are looking through yellow tinted glasses,then i say you guys are looking through all but yellow tinted glasses.This year i guess its orange tinted glasses who nows what colour you bandwagon jumpers will be looking through next year,but please pick 1.Rossi fans do.

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