MotoGP » Worst Mugello qualifying for downbeat Rossi

"We expected to go better at Mugello, and instead we struggled here as well" – Valentino Rossi.

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Skiwi1 - Unregistered

July 03, 2011 1:52 AM

Nah mate just figuring after all the condescending and downright arrogance shown towards Stoner and his team last year by the Rossi/Burgess camp it's just payback time for them and time to get a whole gutsfull of humble pie right up them - no more - no less.

Stoner went out and put it all on the line week after week after week and all they could do was ridicule his performance while knowing little or nothing of what he was actually doing. Had to laugh today regarding the 'lack of front end feel' comment. Ducati have had inbuilt front end issues for some time now but was repeatedly dismissed as being a Stoner fault.

Careful what you wish for chaps.

Liam - Unregistered

July 03, 2011 1:55 AM

To be fair he has hardly had any full dry/uninterrupted session to develop the GP11.1. He's only had one full dry session this weekend that hasn't had anything fail on the bike that he had to miss a lot of the session that will definitely hamper development and the absence of Burgess will absolutely make things a lot harder.

SKiwi1 - Unregistered

July 03, 2011 1:58 AM

I do hope however they get that thing fixed and we can see some red bikes involved in some racing rather than picking up the scraps from the A-grade teams.

4th and 5th in the championship is indeed 'fools gold' as described earlier - incredibly fortunate indeed and no real representation of the bike and team itself.

It would be very sad to see VR end his career under these type of circumstances after being such an integral part of the championships increasing profile during the 90's onwards.

Good luck but button it please - and lets see the racer again.

Liam - Unregistered

July 03, 2011 2:07 AM

How the hell can you disagree with the facts, the only people that put up decent comments on this site arde people that listen closely to what people like Neil Spalding say on Eurosport and look further into a situation, the others just put up stupid wee comments and just bash the riders, i would like to see the lot of you develop a bloody bike, it's a brand new bike, not much time has been spent on it and they are developing most of the bike for next year... now that is the fact so you can't disagree with that...


July 03, 2011 2:08 AM
Last Edited 1612 days ago

I predicted at the begining of the year that Rossi would struggle on the Ducati until at least the middle of the season.

I also predicted that if the results weren't coming by then, Ducati would probably be forced to revert to a conventional chassis.

It seems at the moment Ducati are willing to change anything for Rossi EXCEPT the chassis material ....probably to much of a technological step backwards for them to stomach.

However, their hand may be forced....according to other media outlets, fewer and fewer journalists are turning up at the Ducati press conferences(where Simonchelli's are packed)so the great marketing Ducati/Rossi combo is slowly going off the rails.

It will only be a matter of time before the bean counters will overide the engineers and perhaps listen to J.B. who said 2 years ago "carbon frames(for bikes)just don't work"


July 03, 2011 2:35 AM

if you think rossi isnt trying you are either fooling yourself or just a fool... he is trying, exactly what he is trying is another question... my guess is that he knew this year was a write off a long time ago and its rossi not ducati pushing to use the 2012 bike now and develop as much as possible so they have something to fight with next year which is what i thought was going to happen all along soon as rossi signed

Nicky h said about the ducatiand stoner. "they don't pay him enough to ride this bike" when he first rode it

So ducati realized that they would need to pay much more to the rider.
(no thought of fixing bike, prez says it is fine, we got him from alpha right?)
They did not get it that was USA speak " the bike needs a fixen".

But they could not justify paying a non Italian that much. So.. Well melandri is out, we already ruined him.. What about Rossi?

See. All haydens fault. I blame him totally. And worse he can almost ride it, tries hard.
What a rotten person

We ruined melandri, but the money was still


July 03, 2011 3:02 AM

Rossi isn't trying? C'mon now. Everyone knows the guy has an ego the size of a continent and being down so low in the order is embarrassing. When he says he can't ride the bike, I believe him. All other riders like Melandri, Hayden, Loris, etc have all said that the Ducati just doesn't "feel" like a Jap bike and takes a different style. Rossi has spent his whole career on a certain type of bike. He's going to have to adapt to the bike - if not he's in for a miserable time on the Ducati.

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