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"On a simple level, Stoner is a throttle man and Rossi and braking man..."

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mike - Unregistered

November 22, 2011 11:31 AM

When you ride on or slightly over the limit, you're quick but don't get consistent enough data for engineers to assess. Rossi has ridden the whole year in a testing rather than racing style. Also, why push over the limit for a 6th place? When your bike gets progressively worn out, you still have an idea of how hard you can push despite little feedback due to previous experience = stoner. If you get on a worn out bike with no previous experience of how it was when it was good, you have no idea of limits and can't push as hard = Rossi. If they banned traction control you'd see 'Throttle Man' Stoner hurting himself just like he used to on 1000cc bikes with no TC. Rossi is an Analogue rider, Stoner is a digital rider.....Simple.

longlive 500's - Unregistered

November 22, 2011 11:45 AM

Why does everyone keep going about Rossi v Stoner..??Every other rider that rode the 800 Ducati has done nothing spectacular.All i can deduce from that is Stoner has his own unique way of riding(we know that already)...I'm not Stoner's biggest fan but you can't argue he is one hell of a rider.I've watched him a few times at donnigton in practice and in the races and he just looks visibly faster.
Stoner's 1st ever 1000cc race at Qatar...Put it on pole.Neil Spailding has said few times on Eurosport that Stoner uses the least TC of all the riders out there.!!


November 22, 2011 11:47 AM

"If they banned traction control you'd see 'Throttle Man' Stoner hurting himself just like he used to on 1000cc bikes with no TC. Rossi is an Analogue rider, Stoner is a digital rider.....Simple."
Stoner's own team mate, Nicky Hayden said that Stoner uses less TC and that he even uses less throttle. Stoner was bred on dirt tracks from a young age. Just like every other Aussie, he is a master of the throttle.

Comparing to the 990's in 2006, Stoner was on a satellite bike and didn't get the same tyres as Rossi (hand made, flown in at the last minute). Stoner also got a pole in his second race and almost won it.

motogpfan - Unregistered

November 22, 2011 11:52 AM

Exciting and entertaining Rossi safely ride home the Ducati to 6th or 7th place and people blame the bike


Boring Stoner 'win it or bin it' style on the Ducati, pushing it to and beyond its limits, and people call him a cry-baby for blaming the bike

Woody - Unregistered

November 22, 2011 11:54 AM

A few more factors need to be understood when comparing a 2010 duc and 2011. In 2010 Nicky and Casey were a lot closer to the front if not at the front on more occasions. The 2010 duc was ok and could get the job done. The 2011 one is no better yet all other teams have moved forward.

Nicky has struggled too so this isn't just a "Rossi can't ride it" thing. Next year will be less corner apex speed and more, stop it, turn it, go!

I don't believe Rossi has lost any speed I just think this years duc was terrible! It's a shame they went 800cc and silly tyres!

Can't wait for the return of the fire throwers!

Ray Watson - Unregistered

November 22, 2011 11:57 AM

I am going to throw the cat in with the pigeons here.
Since Stoner started racing in MotoGP, Rossi had a few years experience on him. Stoner ran a second level bike his first year.

In that time, both have 2 world championships.

Stoner has 1561 points, Rossi 1539.
Stoner has 34 1st places Rossi has 24

Check yourself on the results from

I rest my case who is the GOAT !!!!!

Cormac Ryan Meenan

November 22, 2011 12:01 PM

Nice to read all of the comments on my article. Follow me on twitter @Cormac46 for more continuous random blabberings from the MotoGP paddock. Tweet me any opinions on Ducati, Rossi, Stoner & anything MotoGP related. Always like to know peoples opinions and thoughts! Ciao!

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