MotoGP » Poll: Can the Rossi/Ducati partnership work?

Can the Valentino Rossi/Ducati partnership be made to work or will need to switch manufacturers to claim an 80th MotoGP win...

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April 23, 2012 7:04 PM
Last Edited 1223 days ago

@ Tim Wayland

Well said!

@ TheHorseWithNoName

Ummm! VR has rode and won with 2 of the 3 major manufacturers. Riding and winning on the Ducati was his last, and only, challenge. Stop the drivel!

@ motomoto

I disagree. He is still capable of winning on the right machinery, and is not past his prime. Statements like this are just silly in nature. The alien who is the current championship defender is only in the position that he is in because of the bike that he is on. Every ALIEN needs the right machinery to fight for a championship.

@ johnnyr

Yep, not to mention that everybody's favorite hero - Bayliss - couldn't do sh!t in GP on the Ducati.

@ chakrabir

Ad nauseum! Rossi will likely go to a satellite or privateer bike. Who knows though!?? All contracts are up at the end of this season. There could be some surprise changes.

@ Pam

Ummm, everybody loses, even great racers like Rossi. He is not unbeatable, so losing a race doesn't necessarily indicate demise.


April 23, 2012 7:06 PM

@ Travis Schreven

Please STOP mentioning Bayliss. Bayliss did absolutely nothing in GP, and even blamed the bike claiming that it didn't suit his 250cc roots. So, he can blame the bike and still receive praise, but Rossi can blame the bike and receive only ridicule?!? LOL @ wins (1, one-off, wildcard race win in 2006 is not enough to start claiming that Bayliss is somehow great on the GP when his two seasons at Ducati weren't great at all)! He is no GP slayer!

@ Marc

95% of Ducati's success came in WSBK, NOT GP (two VERY different things). In fact, their GP effort has been rather dismal. They build a great bike for WSBK, but not GP.


April 23, 2012 7:18 PM

Stoner is great. Rossi is great. Lorenzo is great.
But if the only man who could ever ride the Ducati was Stoner,who cares if it's his style or his "elevated level of greatness" as some seem to think? Ducati need to develop and build a bike that multiple great riders can ride for wins, or they are not long for the motoGP world. After all, how many different riders have won on Hondas and Yamahas over the past five years? Several. And on Ducati? One.
NOt good for Ducati.

scooter22 - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 7:18 PM

Everyone is banging on about the bike, Rossi this Rossi that, the facts seem to me to be that Rossi since that smash and bad leg break hasnt been the same since, he wont take risks and as such he can blame the bike all he wants, to be coming last of the factory bikes in GP isnt good enough, and will Audi put up with his moaning and demanding updates and more money spent on a useless product i doubt it time for a new topic or will be we get to another 1000 comments on a very tiring subject, lets wait and see what happens in Spain and see if any new excuses have been added to the repitoire


April 23, 2012 7:53 PM
Last Edited 1223 days ago

@ scooter22

You are regurgitating the same theory that the stats disprove (i.e..that Rossi's broken leg somehow affected his riding). IF Rossi's leg were an issue, how do you explain his miraculous recovery that led to multiple podiums and a win following his return? Wouldn't a REASONABLE person conclude that his leg wasn't/isn't an issue at all? Wouldn't a REASONABLE person conclude that, if he suffered broken spirit (which I feel is currently evident at Ducati, and not because of any injury or death of a friend), it would have been evident upon his return when he rode for Yamaha? I believe so. Spend more time thinking and less time posting nonsensical retorts.

Forzavalentino - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 8:56 PM

Ducati will never change their engine philosophy so are unable to push the engine forward to load the front and in my opinion thus gave up on motogp for 2012 and I think forever. If you are designing a new chassis you turn up for testing with a lorry full of them how many did ducati have???! 1 is the answer and not even made by ducati. They knew they couldn't build a competitive bike and have spent the last few weeks cost cutting trying to look like they're making an effort so they don't look like they are deliberately letting down Italy's favourite son. It's just my opinion and feel free to shoot me down but if after all the feedback they can't even improve a little it's either lack of intelligence or lack of commitment

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