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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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Wake Up Call - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 5:02 PM
Last Edited 1226 days ago

Lol. If Rossi keeps riding the bike the way he is,hell will freeze over before he ever wins another race on it!
At least Stoner had the balls to push the bike to its limits.He has 23 victories on it Dray plus countless other podiums,poles and fastest laps.Yet you seem to think Rossi is going in the right direction!
Dream on sunshine.Rossi needs to adapt to the bike or he will never win another race,let alone title!

mick - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 5:19 PM

Tanner,you go right on believing that Rossi is doing as well for Ducati as Stoner did.The rest of us will continue in the real world.How many races did Stoner win on the big red pig?
How many has your GOAT won?
Oh and talking of the Goat,when did he last win a race?
Oh yeah,thats right,October 2010!
Sounds like the Goat isnt riding the Ducati hard enough.At least,thats what he said about Stoner!

PJD - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 5:36 PM

It has to be the bike. Look at Stoner his last year on the Duc. Front end crashes were all he was doing. Sure he won in 07, after that he kept crashing the thing trying to break away or chase the leaders. I say Casey had the bike at it's potential then, after that it went down hill.
How can you say it's Rossi for gawd sake? ROSSI? I am not a member of his fan club, but the guy is the the best racer in the world. Stick him back on a Honda or Yamaha to prove this.

CRT - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 5:42 PM

@ Dray

You failed to mention that the reason Stoner wanted out of Ducati was becuase there were no updates on the machine throughout the season. Rossi has had more updates in a year than what seems Stoner has had his entire tenure at ducati.

I find it odd that Rossi says Ducati is not listening to him, yet, all of the updates has been at the request of Rossi. In 2010 preseason he complained that the bike was too stiff, so they rolled out the flexi package. He rejected it and Hayden was forced to ride it. They finally changed from Carbon to Aluminum at his request, nothing improved. They destroked the GP12 and Rossi claimed he was happy and smiling and his results didn't imporove.

I find it hard to believe Ducati and its sponsors would spend stupid money to get him, and blow off his input, so I find it really hard who to believe in this case.

Karma - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:12 PM

Look at Stoners last year on the Ducati,front end crashes was all he did....PJD.
Uh,wrong mate.Stoner won 3 races that year plus 6 other podium positions.And that was his worst year on the Ducati!
I bet Rossi would love to have a year like that right now!

pcxmac - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:12 PM

No, if I remember Capirossi scored victories & podiums, Elias, two podiums back to back for the satellite effort (in the dry 2nd & 3rd) and dont forget Bayliss' victory in 2007 and other podiums as well as Xaus had a single podium, Carlos also had some podiums.

The real problems started with the Carbon fiber air box (bike fall down) Before that they were always the third best team. Nothing has really changed that much. The GPX isnt that great of a bike, so people should stop assuming only one person could win it. Dont forget Casey finished 4th the last two years he was with Ducati.

Respect - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:13 PM

@ Nick636

"Criticizing others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves." all your comments are just useless
You should only praise people when they deserve praise
If you're going to make negative comments to someone like Valentino who is great for the sport is a joke

pcxmac - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:18 PM

If Ducati want to have the best bike they are going to have to engineer the whole bike to exact specification, so that it is extremely consistent, reliable, predictable, etc... This would probably require overhaulling the electrics/computer software, the profile of the motor, developing the chassis to the Nth degree, redoing the swing arm, etc...

Clearly the biggest different between Rossi and Casey are one prefers a consistent bike thats good on corner entry, the other one requires a bike that is manageable on corner exit and doesn't fold under pressure.

Rossi could do to understand the way Casey applied the throttle and how he managed the balance of the bike in the turns, but Ducati could also produce a 'tamer' motor that is more predictable and consistent in the turns.

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