MotoGP » Hayden fast but fades, Rossi 'most difficult track'

“I think that the 'true' Ducati today was that of Nicky” – Valentino Rossi.

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voice of reason - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 1:15 PM

Not a fan of rossi but people saying he's past it/joke or whatever have no idea put him on the Yamaha and he'd be right up there.People seem to forget Ducati saying this was a learning season and expect them to be right up there by the end.jeez Armchair racers

Marc - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 3:03 PM

While it's understandable that this track isn't Rossi's best and the bike is still not good there is no excuse he should be doing better than 9th especially when his team-mate was with the lead group in the beginning even though he faded to 7th. At this point and for his ability he should at least be placing higher than other Ducati riders. That said, I think next race he'll perform better.

daniel kuchnia

June 18, 2012 3:34 PM

I'm not a Rossi fan.
But, I didnt read here about moaning, but his interwiev is like Caseys.

The same, but not the same?
Hmm, poor Rossigirls.

JLo or CS will be win on Duc? No, for shure not, but, they are the best out there at the moment and Top 5 will be easy to them.

someone - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 3:45 PM

i think even lorenzo cannot win or easy top 5 on the duc. lorenzo has the same riding style as rossi.

stoner maybe - this bike has change a lot since he left.

Kiyo Rulz - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 3:58 PM

I really really hope that this new engine to be brought out at Laguna will be a huge breakthrough for the team. If it isn't, then what next? It would be a disappointment.

Marc - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 4:11 PM

Kiyo, me thinks it's more than just the engine. While it will help I'm not sure again that the components are working well togehter. I think it's again poor fundamental bike design like the frameless bike. But hopefully as Ducati get's more experience with the alum frame they'll improve if they can figure out how to adjust the engine in the frame to help reduce the understeer/oversteer/chatter issues. Rossi needs to also step up his game and stop feeling he has to have the bike perfect to perform in the dry.

Marc - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 4:18 PM

Disagree with the haters that think Rossi is overthehill or that he's lazy. I think that he may not be willing to push to the point of getting injured (as he knows at his age things don't heal as quick)but still has the same desire and ability. I think Rossi tries hard every race but as a technical rider he probably believes he needs the exact feel to be able to give him the confidence to push the bike to the limit. Which obviously he doesn't have with this bike unless it rains.

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