MotoGP » Valentino Rossi 'very worried' after 'negative' test


“We are closer to the top, but now we also have the Monster Yamahas and satellite Hondas in front. We are very worried for this reason especially” – Valentino Rossi.

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untold stories - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 12:40 PM

the best thing that has happened to Ducati Is Rossi

a great rider who actually shows ducati they have been kidding thmeselves all this time

there performance disguised by an Amazing rider in Stoner

Pity Ducati didn't give more credence to Melandri.......

RawDawg

March 01, 2012 12:46 PM
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I was just telling my ol' friend Motojunky last night that there has been no positive signs especially since Ducati is now being engulfed by satellite bikes. And now we have it straight from the horse's, er, goat's mouth.

I have to agree with untold stories - Rossi is the best thing to happen to Ducati. As I said LAST YEAR, Ducati can't act like they have a peach of a bike and tell the riders to go out and win on it like they have done in years past. But in saying that, I also have said that I don't think Ducati will be a force in the title year in and year out against the might of Honda and Yamaha - 2007 was a "catching lighting in a bottle" fluke. Maybe they can do like Suzuki did and win a title or so a decade if they are lucky.

McLarenP

March 01, 2012 12:47 PM

Agree with untold stories - Ducati have obviously thought Valentino could come in, sort all their problems out and it would all be hunky-dory!! It isn't going to happen is it and Ducati are going to suffer big style!! Poor Valentino looks knackered, drained and totaly fed up - wouldn't be suprised if he finally tells Ducati where they can shove their bike and moves on!! Thing is - who the hell will want to ride that thing ?????

BillAce - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 12:51 PM

McLarenP
There will always be a rider who will take a MotoGP factory ride and give it their all. That will not be Ducati's problem.

Bigger question, where would Rossi go and would he be willing to work for 25% of his salary?

McLarenP

March 01, 2012 12:51 PM

Also, I wish people wouldn't keep blaming Valentino for the Ducati's lack of performance - it isn't him,the bike obviously still has serious flaws! Even taking into consideration how good Casey was, he still suffered trying to ride it and got nowhere trying to get his complaints across!! Ducati are in big trouble!!!

We'll see. The thing about the fuel restrictions and new tyres is that the races might not be as straight-forward as who's the fastest over a lap.

They've always had a competitive engine and good electronics. If they can get good tyre wear and fuel consumption, they'll be in with a shout.

Grannie Jane - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 12:54 PM

Can't help but agree with 'untold story'.
I feel Ducati rested on their laurels while every other factory continued to develop. Stoner was doing the business so they didn't think it necessary to address the issues he complained about. He was winning so it must be all right - anyone who couldn't ride it needed therapy. That's how they thought.
Now they need a radical rethink.

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