MotoGP » 'Realist' Rossi 'a long way off' heading into Qatar

“I'm a realist, and I know well that our times are still a long way off and that there are still some things to fix” – Valentino Rossi.

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rab27 - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 12:57 PM

lets hope ducati AND rossi can up their game this season.a small manufacturer like ducati need good results to keep them at it,and we all love an under dog !
its better to have all factory teams competitive as well,we all know how kawasaki and suzuki threw the toys out the pram rather than putting a bit more effort in.

carla dias - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 1:08 PM

Rossi has nothing to prove - 7 times world champion motogp + other 2!

ducati has a lot to prove. I just hope this bike does not kill him in the trying.

Good luck Velentino! the best


April 03, 2012 1:10 PM
Last Edited 1409 days ago

@ Stavros, I'm a fan of Rossi's, but I agree with you. I just dont think its fair to Ducati to say that 100% of the problems are with the bike.

Stoner was the only rider who could get the Ducati to work. He just rides bikes harder than anyone. He is the new benchmark of being a Moto GP Champion.

However, Rossi has now also used his stature,got his way, and turned the Ducati into a japanese style bike.

He now needs to look at HIMSELF. Ask HIMSELF if he still has the motivation and confidence, and then stop blaming the bike and just ride with what he's got. Otherwise, whats the old saying, "only a bad workman blames his tools".

As his fan, I'm giving him 3 races to set the bike up, then I dont want to hear about bike problems if he is still not competitive. I want to hear how he is changing his style to suit the bike. Otherwise, its a sad end to a brilliant career.


April 03, 2012 1:16 PM

If Rossi has nothing to prove, he would've gone to Formula One or rallying by now....LOL

Rossi has to prove he has the most natural talent, by riding the Ducati and having success on it like Stoner before him did... so far he's failing.

billace - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 1:22 PM

I think the most worrying part is the "wrong direction" of the setup. Who is responsible for the setup, Ducati or the most celebrated rider/team combo in the history of the sport?

It really took them 5 days to get back on the level of the first Sepang test? That will never cut it when the other teams continually make improvement and have riders that just get on with it and aren't afraid to ride around problems tha are far smaller than they are used to.

Who isn't getting the job done, Rossi or JB?

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