MotoGP » Rossi: Not bad for a first taste...


"The engine seems to be pretty good already... On the other hand, I'm a little slower in mid-corner, and we also have to try to improve rear grip " – Valentino Rossi.

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Rawdork - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 9:57 AM

So Rossi fans should stop supporting him because the wins have dried up?

Maybe there are people who pledge their allegiance to whoever is winning at the time - those guys have probably jumped on the Stoner time-trialling Bandwagon and will jump again when the next big thing arrives...

The king of rear wheel steering is always one highside away from a ruined season. It can happen to any rider...

M - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 10:04 AM

In 2008 it seemed like Stoner was unstoppable until the then written off V Rossi found form and took the next 2 titles, he isn't the only rider to win back to back titles since 2002 for nothing...

jp34 - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 10:09 AM

@closed ears, you have indeed. I have watched and participated in racing for over 40 years and maybe i,m not as qualified as you in the industry to comment, but rossi is one of the best ever i seen if not the best and also seems honest and genuine. It is a bit hard for me but i put him up there with hailwood agostini schwantz rainey and even my all time fav. jarno saarinen. As i say you probably know better because you say you do. My second fav of present era has sadly left us. I hate the thought of moto gp being dominated by robots like stoner lorenzo and pedrosa no matter how talented they are. Super press conferences and after race interviews? NOT!!! Thank goodness simo got over their jibes and started to ride like he could again before he was sadly taken from us. r.i.p. marco.

Switch off! - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 10:33 AM

"Everyone must admit when Rossi isn't in the race it is totally boring "

Absolutely right, I'll really miss seeing him fighting with the satellite teams running the "untalented riders" on budgets a tenth of Ducati.

I mean when Rossi retires they'll have no factory bikes to compete with as the rest of them are usually too far ahead.

A great loss indeed!

Jiri Simek

November 09, 2011 10:43 AM

Vale will always stay in the hearts of true motorsport fans. Only Ago and Mike the Bike belong to this league of his own, at least when you count their championship victories and points-wise. I am watching this sport since 1989 and he (VALENTINO) is the one who clearly stands-out for me. On the other hand, Stoner is clearly much more valuable champ for me than Mick Doohan was back in the nineties. Reason is clear, Casey is not afraid to change machinery and is instantly perfect even on a completely new bike. Shame I cannot get his behavior sometimesWho know what would have happened had Rainey not injured himself in Missano back in 1993.

Ronny - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 10:53 AM

Dovi is now the same speed as crutchlow and rossi. Therefore if either of these 3 riders would be on a factory honda they would be as fast as dani and stoner!! Dont make the riders look so good on the honda now, its all the bike!!

Dovi has said the yamaha is slower off the corners and the gear change is slower down the straight - over 1 second a lap slower!!

Trev - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 11:19 AM

Same shiite, different day. Ducati need a rider with guts and balls. Someone whose going to ride it at 100%. Thats not Rossi. We all know who could get Ducati back up there, winnign races and on the podium.

Rossi has proved he is no better than Hayden. He's had better kit than Hayden all year, and is the number one rider with more support, and he still only finished with similar points to Hayden. Rossi is mediocre, and this year has catagorically proved that.

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