MotoGP » Rossi 'one-season disadvantage’, Hayden excited

"I have a one-season 'disadvantage' at Silverstone compared to the other riders, who started a year ahead of me" - Valentino Rossi.

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June 12, 2012 4:04 PM

ya thats what he needed now..lack of experience on the track....things just seem to be getting worse

laguna seca seems soo far away....

and no updates till then..hell even yamaha and honda seem to be doing better at giving updates than ducati...

also like the engine rossi tested a while back and the swingarm, what if the new laguna seca engine is another dud ???

dorna may have to scrap the 4 bike limit so that rossi can get a satellite honda next year

Oli - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 4:19 PM

I am a fan of the legend and hope Rossi has a good weekend, but that is a rubbish excuse.

Come on Vale, you can do well this weekend and if you don't, you can't go effectively blaming a leg break from over two years ago!


Marc - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 4:25 PM

There were no excuses just reality of where they are at the moment. They know that the bike is better in the rain and if it does they have a better chance. Also as the recent tests only gave them minor improvements they're providing realistic expectations. I'm sure they'll work hard on trying to improve on their finishes. Let's hope they can be more competitive and make the race more interesting.

Marc - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 4:29 PM

With above said it must drive Rossi nuts knowing that he has the talent to be further up the ladder if he had a better bike. The results aren't for a lack of effort by the riders or their teams. The factory seems to lack the capability, technical ability and possibly funding to make quick changes and to do sufficient R&D to improve their bikes faster especially compared to their Japanese counterparts.

Marc - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 4:33 PM

One good thing is that since LeMans Rossi is smiling more as previously he didn't look very happy. If they make more improvements in results I'm sure his confidence will increase and future results will get better.


June 12, 2012 4:39 PM
Last Edited 1340 days ago

the reason he is smiling is because the thing which he depends on the most ie. the front end problem got solved (well mostly) with a haydenish setup and thats what brought back his confidence.....

and 7th is the current potential of that bike and as he is managing that and slowly reducing the time gap, it is worth being happy.....

important thing is whether the new engine will make him aim for a win....if not, we wont be seeing him that happy any more.....or maybe we will see him even more happy as he gets to leave the ducati


June 12, 2012 4:52 PM

I'm sick of his excuses..!! Can't wait until he piss's off on to a Gresini Honda. Ducati have bent over backwards for him, and yet he can't deliver.
I accept that the bike is not the easiest to set up and get right, but Stoner did it year after year.
When he arrived he said "I won't change the bike to be like a Yamaha", yet here we are with a Aluminium swing arm and Twin spar Frame. Just paint it blue Vale it might make you go faster..


June 12, 2012 4:57 PM

@ Marc

Well stated!

@ Ammar

The front end problem was technically solved with the introduction of the twin spar frame. Rossi reverting back to known Ducati settings just helped with set-up. I agree that if the Laguna Seca updates are a wash, he will likely be frustrated. I wish I knew who VR was speaking with "behind the scenes" to prepare for an out.


June 12, 2012 5:04 PM
Last Edited 1340 days ago

Was that a misprint where you said you are a Rossi fan. He wasn't blaming anything on his broken leg . He is simply saying his track knowledge is a seson behind that's all.
I thinhk he will do well this time round . And if it rains anything could happen . Not able to go this year so hopefully i will be wishing i was there .

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