MotoGP » Rossi: Short-term 'inconclusive', long-term 'hope'

"We're working on several fronts, with short-term solutions that haven't been conclusive, and others that are longer-term and that I still hope can bring more substantial improvements" – Valentino Rossi.

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September 18, 2011 9:52 PM

David Emmett from Motomatters tweeted this a couple of hours ago "Vitto Guareschi just told Italian press that Rossi will have yet another different bike to test at Valencia".
I hope for the love of God that it is without the engine as a stressed member.

Richard James - Unregistered

September 18, 2011 9:53 PM

Who cares about this has-been.

Why bother making headlines about someone struggling as much as Elias? Maybe they should throw millions into solving Elias's problems given that he's a more recent champ than Valentino is.

Hell, lets run a few top-page spreads on him while we're at it.





September 18, 2011 9:58 PM

For the sake of the sport I hope they find a solution to move forward in any way, because sponsors will bail out and then Ducati might get out of MotoGP. In the end that's not good for anyone.

And it is a frigging epic failure that the best rider and best engineer cannot get the factory to build a decent bike as they dont have a friggin clue themselves what has to be done.


September 18, 2011 10:10 PM
Last Edited 1413 days ago

"Who cares about this has-been".Posted by Richard James

A has-been ? Are you sure ? Rossi finished 3rd in the championship last year even though he missed several races due to a serious leg break and came back and still got several podiums and a race win.You don't forget how to ride like that in less than a year especially if you're the rider that has re-written the history books several times during your career.I admit,the more Rossi struggles with this bike the more respect I have for Stoner but he also struggled a great deal with that Ducati and rode around a lot of problems.He won the title on it first time out but couldn't do it again which was the start of the current problems.How many times did he crash the thing due to front end problems in the years after he won the title ? Seems to me Ducati need to design a hole new bike from scratch if they want to win a championship again.

Glen - Unregistered

September 18, 2011 10:12 PM

A motorcycle is only really two parts, an engine, for power, and a frame for control. So What Ducati did was simply dumb. To look at a modern motorcycle and say "let's removed one of the key parts and that will make it better. So they removed the frame. Just because it can be done, doesn't make it a step in the right direction. But where Ducati really showed their ass, is in there stubbornness to admit it was a mistake and put the frame back in the motorcycle. With everyday they ignore the obvious fix, they make themselves look more like jackasses. (clueless). They have taken stubborn pride in GP to a whole new level. Next race will be even worse because everyone in the world knows what the problem is, including Ducati. Dumb pride.

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