MotoGP » Rossi finger injury means Hayden gets GP12 test

A hairline fracture for Valentino Rossi means team-mate Nicky Hayden steps in to test 1000cc Ducati GP12 on Thursday.

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October 07, 2011 1:04 AM

Some of you Rossi fans are so bad that you have me wanting to defend Stoner. I used to call him Moaner for the last two years but since the Valencia test last year I started looking at him differently.

I am definitely not a full fledged fan but watching him ride makes me wet (TMI, I know). He does need better PR but should that invalidate him as being a great? I love Vale's celebrations but not everyone is a showboat. Stoner is paid to race and he seems to be doing that quite well this year.

With that said....Valentino, my heart breaks for you. I hope that you can build on the promising signs that you demonstrated at Motegi.

I was watching the preview for Faster and I had almost forgotten how he looks when he wins. It's been so long :-( I want to see those winning ways again. I miss those exultations. On to PI!

ynnadmac - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 1:35 AM

When Rossi crashed in Motegi and got up and went to his bike , the way he done it looks like a picture of a broken man. A man with all his 9 world championship, all his expertise and bike developing savvy is being humbled by a bike that a 1 time world champion Casey Stoner can ride. And that is a fact !!!!!

Qung Ho 999 - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 2:10 AM

won't matter with broken finger shouldn't stop testing. Look like Valinteno don't wish to ride this bike no more. ok though cause hayden faster anyhow without team rules I think. I wish to see casey stoner ride this bike again will be so fantastic for fans of this brand and proof pressiozi is genius just cannot find good enough rider limited by rossi contract rules.

over it - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 4:15 AM

there is so much hate for Rossi on this site its just becoming a joke, everything little thing he does, any decision he makes, and little mistake made on or off track is judged by you people to bash him at any chance you get, half of you dont even read the article, you just see Rossi's name in the topic and start typing with your hate,

yer im a fan of rossi but also a fan of many other riders out there.

im done with this site and its users..
i can get the same GP news from a better site without all the pathetic childish comments.

hmm - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 7:23 AM

Its true, vale is one of the greats of motogp, no denying that. however, that said, with the way how the year has gone by, he's probably is a 'broken' man, zero wins, one podium since Sepang 2010. He didn't expect this to happen, for sure...

all the talk about getting the bike sorted out in 80 seconds, stoner not riding hard enough, etc is really biting them hard.

Gp11 - Gp11.1 - Gp11.2 and millions of dollars spent and still zero results.

hope all the talk about 2012 comes true for ducati, it would be good to see vale up with the top riders for 2012, that way, we MOTOGP fans, can appreciate 4 to 5 riders battling for the championship. ducati has gone from a race winner to a mid pack racing bike. week in week out, its a 3 horse race for the win, so perhaps it would be nice to see vale in the mix too and hopefully nicky.

im not a vale fan, never have been but its really pitiful to see a 9 time world champ suck this bad at something he's been good all along.

hmm - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 7:30 AM

to the yellow army, take off your yellow visors and just admit it, vale sucks on the ducati. he can't ride it like how he did with the M1, plain and simple.

its a fact.

no need to bash dani, lorenzo or stoner. they're not gonna slow down so that rossi can be up with them. ducati, burgess and both ducati factory riders need to prove their worth or they'll probably come up with a ducati, version Gp 12.362773.

hmm - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 7:36 AM

as for marc marquez being in the same league as the 'aliens', i honestly don't see him up there, good as he might be in moto2 at the moment.

he kinda reminds me of dani - good in the lower class category, but let's wait and see if he gets a factory ride and steals dani's seat.

Westminister - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 8:56 AM

======= Impostor ===========
I am stunned and surprised. At exactly the time Ducati needs Rossi to make a stand and be accountable - he hurts his little finger and cannot ride! Rossi needs to give something back to Ducati this season, instead he provides zero.
Posted by Westminister
======= Impostor ============

Every time you impersonate me, makes me smile to know that I affect you enough occupy space in your brain... I must have wounded you something fierce...

Keep it up, I just might have to start moving my things permanently into my room in your head, the master chamber of course...

budget schmudget - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 9:10 AM

Not sure why everyone is so hung up on how much Ducati have spent on some changes to the bike. This is "PROTOTYPE" racing and all of the teams should be free to develop and test as much as they want.

How much have Honda thrown at their bike in the last few years to make it a winner - a damn sight more than Ducati, that's for sure. You guys keep on supporting your Eastern masters - I'm on the side of David in his battle against Goliath.

Sayonara Dudes...

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