MotoGP » Valentino Rossi realistic heading to Catalunya

“Although it's hard to imagine another podium, we must still do our best to finish with the front riders” – Valentino Rossi.

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May 31, 2012 1:09 AM

There are so many people mouthing off about what can and can't be done with a race bike and yet here they are like the rest of us mere mortals earning a fraction of what these guys earn. How many of you have ever had to set up a race bike or car. Even a Gokart takes careful set up to shave off fractions of a second. The best most people can do is jeer and throw abuse around. Incase you hadn't noticed this is a highly technical sport. You dont get results spending afew hours in a shed with a bag of spanners a hacksaw and an arc welder. Get real . And if you can't do that then atleast try and grow up.

2vforeva - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 1:17 AM

"Hoppy how did Stoner fair after 2007 on the Ducati, he got worse and worse as the ducati got worse c/w Yamaha and Honda, last time I looked Rossi wasn't on a 07 ducati, and stoner wasn't on a 07 honda that was five f*cking years ago!" - Bender

I think your forgetting something Bender. Stoner, the '07 Ducati and '07 Bridgestone where all the winning combination.

From '08 Brigdestone started making there tyres more generic, and finaly won the control tyre contract. After which the Ducati's faired worse still as rightly the whole field had input into the tyres.

Post '07 did the Ducati get worse? No it just fared worse on the newer Bridgestones. Yamaha, and Honda made there bike work in a wide range of setup to suit the tyres. Ducati did not. '08-'10 This is evidenced by Stoner winning when on the Duc if it was all working for him (track, tyres, bike) and crashing is brains out when it was wrong.

Fast forward to 2011. Poor Rossi crashes his brains out, Stonner has two falls all sea

2vforeva - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 1:18 AM

opps.... carried on...

Fast forward to 2011. Poor Rossi crashes his brains out, Stonner has two falls all season (once caused by Rossi ).

The current Ducati has come a long way, and being a Ducati fan, they better get it right. Having Rossi ride the bike now gives Ducati no quarter in understanding their bike is deciding factor.

Rayrock - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 3:00 AM

I would like to say that with Stoner retiring the sport looses one of its main characters. It's true that Valentino has being for most of the decade the face of Motogp, but every positive needs a negative and vice a versa. Stoner was and is in many ways the exact opposite of Rossi. I just wished he would've waited a bit longer to retired, and see him and Rossi go at it again. In the mean while can't wait for the weekend to see if the Ducati has actually improve. Fingers crossed.


May 31, 2012 4:28 AM

Slick I guess different strokes for as a mid pack proddy racer despite lots of people around me I enjoyed nothing more than putting one under brakes into the next corner. If I wanted to ride on my own I will have a private track session. I agree winning is everything but I think the comments so far are that winning as a Rider is awesome but watching someone win by 10 secs is boring unless watching the fridge light come on when opening the door is your idea of excitement.


May 31, 2012 4:38 AM

@rayrock he and Rossi will be "at it" again more than a dozen times before the season ends
@Ausrossi thats the difference between moto gp and professional wrestling Although when Rossi was at his peak and the competition was weak I struggled to see the difference when he would move into the lead then slow to let the rider he had just passed past then overtake again....


May 31, 2012 4:50 AM

Now soon you got a alloy swingarm so just goooooooooo
and give us something to hurray about, you have to make that Ducati work because 2013 will be booooring with JL winning everything:)
Cheers Claes

randall - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 5:47 AM

I do not know why people forget who is riding the Ducati bike. Wet or dry his name is Valentino Rossi. Put him on a Honda or a Yamaha both on wich he got championships, and all riders will be thinking on retire from the motogp. As many others did in the past.

bahasa - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 6:15 AM

From Kevin VS Rainey
From Rossi VS Gibernau-Biagi-Casey-JL
These "heart attack race" would not be forgotten forever
Goooo.. Rossi... Gooo... makes this GP excited

Icarus's Father - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 6:51 AM


Re:"Rossi on that superior Honda would've lapped everyoneboth in wet Le mans."

Sam, you would have been the one of many saying that Casey was on a Superior Ducati from 07-10.

The tale of icarus is quite poignant. Perhaps Rossis nickname should Icarus, trying to escape from Yamaha

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