MotoGP » Hayden steps it up for sixth, Rossi 'better'

"We know race distance around here is a long, hard day, but that's why you put in the time doing the training. Hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow and have some fun" - Nicky Hayden.

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ian - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 5:29 PM

"how the hell did Casey ride that Duke? I really cant figure out why only him and capirossi had any success on it."

You can't figure it out, really? Perhaps Casey is a talent among talents or is that too hard to accept?


October 22, 2011 5:51 PM

I make an observation in the acrimonious Stoner/Rossi Ducati debate. When Stoner rode the Ducati I'd see the machine wobbling and bucking and weaving all over the shop and Stoner just seemed to stay relaxed about it, accept its antics and just push through them.
Sure he crashed a lot but he also won a lot and did pretty well in between.
I don't think Rossi is a lesser rider for not achieving similar results as much as I'd like to see them - he is unquestionably one of the world's greatest-ever riders. When you've achieved that standing you don't have anything to prove and by crashing a lot you potentially have a lot to lose.
Stoner is a freak to be able to successfully ride the machine and the pressure should be on Ducati, not Rossi, to get the podiums.
Man, I respect all these riders for what they've achieved to even get a ride in motoGP.

borrego - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 6:19 PM

The pressure sure is on Ducati now. They are showing every potential Ducati buyer that their best bike is something that even a 9 times world champion cannot tame. No wait, there is a guy on the planet earth that can ride that bike to victory, but even that guy has switched to another manufacturer and be able to win 3 x more races in the next season!

Fred - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 6:20 PM

I think Hayden performed a minor miracle being so close to the pole time as he was.
You could really see both Ducati riders really pushing to the absolute limit.
It seems to have clicked with Vale now that you can't just tootle round and hope for the best, you have to ride the bike like your life depends on it.


October 22, 2011 6:55 PM

Rossi was 3 tenths off at the third split then lost 6 tenths in the last quater, so the 9th position doesn't really reflect his pace.
And that was after he binned his 1st bike.
I think he could do quite well tomorrow and if its a wet race ??????

sourire - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 7:02 PM

il faut arretter de taper toujours sur le meme pilote cela en devient penible stoner etait jeune lorsqu il etait sur ducati donc tout a prouver rossi a 32 ans rien a prouver il n a pas l intention de se faire encore du mal en quoi il a raisonde plus stoner a mis 3 ans pour la mettre au point avec des resultats mitiges alors assez peut etre que cette moto ne lui convient pas ni a son style de pilotage il a fait une erreur d aller chez ducati mais ca toujours etait son reve alors.............

paullec - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 7:57 PM

IF you watch stoner he has a more upright style to riding and great throttle control, rossi seems to carry ( or use to ) more corner speed on the tilt, Which is something the duke doesnt like. i still reckon it the engine thats causing all these problems it carries its wieght high up and further back than the japs low centre of gravity set up.

wishfull thinking - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 8:01 PM

LCtanner Yes it seams rossi lost about 3tenths on the last secter in his previous laps(fast) on the softs. but over 6ths on his last lap, suggesting either he fluffed his last secter or the tyres had given their best. Either way, he could have been fourth by my reckoning or fifth. more importantly half a second off pole !!(ish) which may suggest more pase than it seams.. however the race will be run on hard compound and the bumpy surface/hard compounds have generally ampllified the problems theyve had this year. but all the same , a good result may be possible ..

moto2rulz - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 9:44 PM

Why are people so hard on Rossi? We are so fortunate to see a racer like Rossi in our lifetime, I don't think we will see someone like him again especially a 9 times world champion across ALL classes within the next 20 years. Who knows Rossi may even try to win a world superbike title in the next few years and that would be fantastic to see, it would be a huge boost to the WSB series. Just give the guy some respect, he has still alot to offer and next year things could go much better for Rossi and Hayden.

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