MotoGP » Valentino Rossi lashes out after Qatar nightmare

“It's unrideable, and it doesn't make much difference what track we are on” – Valentino Rossi.

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April 09, 2012 9:43 AM

Man this is huge. Look Rossi was 33 behind Hayden was 28 behind and Rossi was only 33 because of the move by Bautista probably champing to duc under the old man. But we have a choice here is it Rossi who before coming to Duc won back to back championships and would of possibly made it a third (I don't buy that he broke his leg because of Lorenzo pressure) and came back from a broken leg to podium and win. If we must critique I think it true that maybe he cannot adapt however, as the abvoe shows Hayden and he were pretty much circulating at similar pace a pace which is garbage. I think it is in everyone's interests to leave. But as stated where does he go I think if anywhere it may be back to Yam cap in hand on semi works sat bike or a new Jap or Aprilia entry?

damo 666

April 09, 2012 9:43 AM

well, he lasted a year before having his say.... and no matter what he says he will have his haters and fans...
its no surprise he has sais what he did.... if the bike was making small steps forward each time then that would be different, but no progress at all?
if it is true about ducati not doing what he asked for then there really is a problem - for me, the telling voice will be gerry burgess. when will he have his say?
his wife was very ill last year, does he really need to be chasing his tail with a team that won't do what they ask? how long will his patience last?


April 09, 2012 9:44 AM

This saddens even the most one eyed Stoner fan such as myself.
As im the same age as Rossi, i grew up watching him ride with supreme confidence and push himself right to the very brink of his ability, watching last night was not the Rossi i want to remember, i for one still think that on either Yamaha or Honda Rossi could regain the lost feeling with the front of a motorcycle and compete much closer to the front, it would be difficult to say he could beat Lorenzo or Stoner now as they have both taken their riding to another level from the time Rossi was able to ride with and beat them, but i definately think he would battle with Pedrosa for championship position.
I do hold hope that the Ducati can be turned into a machine that Rossi feels comfortable on, as of now we are only seeing him riding around well below his ability.

al t - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 9:50 AM

The new engine may make a significant diference. Spalding on eurosport seems to think this is the main issue with the bike affecting corner entry due to the limited position the current engine allows. For those doubting his ability, Hayden had a big moment in the race and nearly lost it, the difference was he didn't lose 5 seconds in the barbera incident. Their times were not much different at the end and no Ducati rider was under 30 seconds behind Lorenzo. Ducati have never listened to riders. They have suggested some have psyhological problems.Stoner Gave everything wrestling the bike and still could not get the team to change, the difference was his riding style. Rossi to Gresini - yes please. A final swan song, and a return of some dignity.

Rob#46 - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 9:54 AM

Very sad end to a great innings.
The Ducati maybe relative junk to the Jap bikes, but he *should* be lead Ducati almost every time out, no question.

Retirement surely beckons now. The only slim chance of redemption is to graciously except a humble package from Suzuki
should they return next year.

Casey has unwittingly played a blinder here. He knew he was damn good and deserved better support, but his performances on the Ducati were the biggest venus fly trap going. It swallowed not just Valentino, but Ducati also.

Both parties now have damaged reputations in MotoGP.
Will either recover??

Sparky62 - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 9:55 AM

Ducati can not learn how to make a twin spar motorcycle and make it a winner with about 12 days testing (including the GP weekend). To get such a radical design for the factory so high in its first grand prix is a credit to the company. I doubt Honda could make a good stress framed bike in such a short time. So credit where it is due. Ducati have listened to everything he asked for but he has not delivered. Some satelite Ducatis on Sunday were the first GP12 design that Rossi rejected? They certainly had different fairings. Hayden is more than happy with the development progress. Rossi has belittled the effort of the Ducati staff.

ninja - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 9:58 AM

Hi well it dont get much better for him , think he needs to walk out and lease a honda or yamaha , if hes got the cash cant see any reason why the wont , as for ducati there best rider was still 28 sec of the leader and with rossi he was 5 secs behind him , so if not been of track may of been top ducati rider but , way off the pace

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