MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: I managed to have some fun

"I was able to approach the race knowing what to expect from the bike, and I therefore managed to push harder and get a little closer to the limit" - Valentino Rossi.

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billace - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 3:10 PM


So far, the 3 up front have been anything but beatable, they've locked out the podium every round.

As far as Nicky goes, when Caaey was his team mate he was running in Crutchlow's position now often, close to the leaders but not able to get there other than the great battle with Jorge.

I recall the interviews where Nicky said he couldn't understand how Casey was so much faster. Nicky was at full throttle longer every lap but going a lot slower. I think he's a great ride but has always done better when he had a team mate to chase and upped his game. That's missing too now, maybe when his team mate gets comfortable.

I bet you that Casey, Dani and Jorge weren't comfortable for one second all race long. Comfort will not translate to winning these days in MotoGP, those days are long gone...

ducofhazzard - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 3:12 PM

He was on the move, much more confident than the other races .i think he beating his demons one by one. But he has to keep moving up the field.well finally now he has some cs ba**s .motogp needs him dont matter what anybody says thats the truth.


May 07, 2012 4:21 PM

@ RejectDonkey

You seem to not really know much at all about Ducati - the brand!

@ bjr

Many of us have already read between the lines. The "positive" statements are political, and are likely not indicative of how he truly feels. I believe his outburst(s) were more truthful than any amount media spin.

@ Codger

Good point (about this being a prototype class, and discarding what isn't working)! Hell, you've made a number of good points.

ZorroC - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 9:16 PM

There is some bull talked about Rossi and Stoner, I don't favour either just a fan of MotoGP, F1 also as it happens. But facts are facts the Ducati Stoner combination won as many times in the last half dozen races of 2010 as Honda and Yamaha combined.
So arguably Rossi jumped onto a race winning bike in 2011.

bjr - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 1:25 AM

From day one on the bike, Rossi's never shown any pace whatsoever except that one wet race when he was over riding (or everyone else was riding conservatively).

I fully expected the man to put the bike up near the front, while screaming to Ducati behind closed doors to make it safer/easier to ride, but it looks like Rossi decided from day one he needed to "go slow" to embarrass Ducati into building a better bike.

Who knows what clauses were in the contracts but I'm sure the next one will have performance clauses, ideally a tiny retainer with bonus payments for pole positions and podium finishes so at least the team can get value for money from their rider or at least save some coin when the rider decides to "go slow" for the rest of the season.


May 08, 2012 1:49 AM

@ bjr

Considering that he matched Stoner's pace from the previous season, was he really "going slow"? Or was everybody else on better sorted bikes able to go faster?

P.S. There likely won't be a next one (referring to a contract) between VR and Ducati. I suspect VR will be riding a different bike in 2013.


May 09, 2012 4:56 PM
Last Edited 1296 days ago

@ aussie1

Would you suggest a bad attitude instead? It's amazing how some of you interpret and project upon statements people make to the media. He's on a bike that needs a lot of work, and he placed 9th and 10th during his first two outings this season. To pull in a solid 7th (while running a decent pace) would make me "happier" too (after all, the bike is capable of no better than 6th on it's best day, and 5th if all of the planets align and Halley's Comet crescents the moon at midnight). Do not misconstrue the overt and underlying tones of VR's statement.

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