MotoGP » Rossi: Dovizioso was playing with me

"I think he played with me a little, knowing that on the straight, he could probably beat me to the line" - Valentino Rossi.

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May 03, 2011 9:48 PM

You all must realise that if Stoner, Pedrosa or Lorenzo was on the Ducati it would be a winning machine. Just face up to fact that Rossi is way past his best and should have retired at the end of 2009 with his legend intact.

Desmo Gure - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 3:14 AM

Ducati signed Rossi to win races and the Moto GP title.
So far this season he is a total failure.
No wins - qualifying no where near the front.
Taken the third race of the season where he is the highest placed Ducati for the race.

Ducati are not interested in what he achieved in previous seasons - it counts now.

All you hear are excuses - mostly after the race - my "shoulder" etc.

So far he is not performing for Ducati - not competitive.

Hopefully Yamaha will take him back at the end of this season and Ducati can get Lorenzo.

Essentially Rossi is not performing this Moto GP season and needs to be held accountable.

Ducati did not sign Rossi for him to roll around the back of the pack and then celebrating a season best 5th place.


May 04, 2011 4:49 AM

"Ducati signed Rossi to win races and the Moto GP title."

Ducati, looking at Stoner's (the best Ducati rider to date) diminishing achievement, should have realized that fixing the bike is their top most priority. And who would be the best to recruit to develop a bike?

"So far this season he is a total failure."

I'll say they have their eyes on the liter bike. Even though, if Burgess can fix the bike within this season, it really is just a bonus.

MM - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 4:41 AM

Those making comments about the Ducati's superior straight line speed are living in the past, specifically 2007, and still haven't got over the way the first 800cc GP7 strolled past everything on the straight at Losail, but especially the Yamahas. The Japanese teams all eventually switched to pneumatic valve springs to compete with the patented Desmodromic system and have since, particularly in Honda's case, closed the gap.
Of the "twenty-five thousandths” advantage Dovisioso had at the line, a good proportion, (maybe all), must've been down to the Honda's new faster up changing gearbox. As for Dovizioso's performance, it's perhaps no coincidence that he seemed to fare better when Pedrosa was out at the end of last season and he had the benefit of HRC's full and undivided attention.

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