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 2:16 PM

I hope it doesn't completely fail. This slow moving train wreck that is so upsetting the circus enthusiasts is one of the best things about MotoGP at the moment. The two main questions at each race meeting are: 1. Who won, and 2. How low has VR sunk this week. Brilliant entertainment.

tim wayland - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 2:32 PM

I seriously believe that some people on here have not got a clue about the last decade of Mot GP. Firstly get your self mebership to the Moto GP website and watch every race over the last decade and then comment on Rossi. Secondly Stoner won his first championship with Ducati in 2007 on a bike that was 20-25kmh faster on the straight than any other bike on tyres that were far superior at the time. Hence Rossi requested that these tyres be made available for all riders and hence won the championship the next year. Rossi is a rider that has has won all his races due to his precision riding, he out brakes everyone and takes lines round corners that others cant even see exist. He has made more passes than any other rider I have ever seen. Yes Stoner can ride a bike but he is a long way from Rossi and the proof will be in 5 years lets see how many titles he has then. It will not be 9. The Ducati is not suited to Rossi but this should not remove the talent he has been and still would be on a

Go. Rossi - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 2:32 PM

as much as we love vale,
as much as love to see him smile n fun again...
we pray to heaven sending their saints and angels to borgo panigale :)
... YES....
It will work... it HAS TO ...

Go... Rossi...

Ninja - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 2:40 PM

You dont get to where he needs to be during the course of a few races. Maybe an entire season but the performance gains Rossi needs are HUGE.

Stoner and Jorge have pushed the performance envelope a bit too far. You dont lose speed over a winter but its been 13 months now of dissapointment. Ducati are Never bringing a bike thats behaving like a YAMAHA and will never give up on their design ethos. A DUCATI is a DUCATI. Stop blaming Preziosi, he gets instructions from the board.

To get to Stoner and Jorge's coatails he needs 1.5 seconds. Once he gets there (if he does) he needs to consistently stay within a 10th, even less to be in there with the chance. Thats a tough ask.

I'm a big #46 fan. A bit fanatical at times so imagine my dissapointment each Q Practice he cant better 6th place ? He'll be lucky if he gets to consistently battle for a 3rd place come Mugello or beyond. DAMN LUCKY.


April 23, 2012 2:49 PM

Who's at fault? What led to the current situation? Were Yamaha wrong to try to give Lorenzo part of Rossi's pay? Ducati, after success with the trellis, were they deluded when they switched to an unproved carbon frame concept?
"Yes" could easily be the answer to these questions, in which case Rossi's future was decided by the factories, not by his wishes or results or his talent.
Similarly, the future of the Rossi/Ducati partnership may be decided, not by them, but by Audi.
All big fleas have little fleas, upon their backs to bite 'em.
And little fleas have smaller fleas, and so ad infinitum.


April 23, 2012 2:52 PM

re: "The rumour is that a new engine, featuring at least a tamer powerband, could be part of the Ducati upgrade package"

for the record, accomplishing this doesn't even remotely require a new engine.


April 23, 2012 3:00 PM

re: "As such, it is Ducati's wide 90-degree V between its cylinders that is increasingly cited as causing the understeer and lack of front-end feel that Rossi has experienced ever since his Valencia 2010 test debut."

i wonder if rossi felt this way when he tested (for pr purposes) that factory 1198R dressed up to look a stock SP...? as someone on motomatters so wisely stated... "tyres gentleman tyres".

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