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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Marc - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:05 PM

Rossi didn't make excuses he acknowledged that he didn't do well and hasn't figured out this track and praised Hayden for showing the true capability of the Ducati by riding closer to the leaders. Let's see how he does at Assen. If he has a similar result and get's beat by his team-mate then he has another issue.

Marc - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:13 PM

longtonkari I believe you meant invincible. While I wouldn't say that Rossi back on HRC would make him that he would definitely be competitive and win his share of races and possibly even the championship. Currently the Ducati experiment isn't working as envisioned. However, if Rossi feels that the Ducati is becoming competitive he won't leave the red team.

Marc - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:39 PM

"So then What", good question in that your assumption is that Rossi is over-the-hill hence the reason for his poor result this weekend and that even if he got the bike working the way he wants his results would be the same. While I'll grant that as he's aged and had serious accident that he may be a bit more cautious and may have even lost a half step but overall his desire and ability is the same. If he got the bike close to where he wanted he'd back to the podium and a fairly regular basis.

moto guru - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 4:11 PM

Next season will be interesting for sure.
-Ben Sipes to Honda ?? Yes, there is an offer from honda. amount unknown.
-Valentino to ?
-Crutchlow to Ducati
That leaves an open space at Yamaha, or if Ben stays with yamaha it leaves an open space for Honda. Any of wich would love to have Valentino and his $ales/advertising/merchandising/championship.

TalentFan - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:26 PM

Right now I think that Ducati stands to lose very little if Rossi left. Ducati are in a lose-lose situation. Why? Because the manufacturer and team won't get any of the credit for any positives. If Rossi loses, it'll be because fans will believe the bike is rubbish. If Rossi wins on it, then it'll be all hail Rossi the saviour of Ducati - he took a turd and put it on top.

Even if Rossi leaves Ducati, and his replacement smokes everyone in 2013, there'll still be people saying that Rossi & Burgess put all the ideas in place to make it happen.

The only way that Rossi's reputation can be really hurt would be if he left to step on a very good rival mfr bike and then underperformed and got his doors blown off by his replacement and his new teammate.


June 19, 2012 5:41 PM

What people are failing to realize is first of all the Ducati at the beginning of last season was a flawed bike that had fallen way behind the others. So along comes Rossi on a mission to fix it and make it so other good riders could get results. So now radical changes come every race weekend for Rossi's bike while they continue to mess around with the CF concept for almost the entire season. Finally the scrap the concept and this season the bike is again different but at least moving in the right direction. But it is still years behind the others, they have not got the flex right, or the electronics, or the swingarm.... There are going to be bad days.

DrProfza - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 6:38 PM

Yahoo Italia reports Rossi is threatening to leave Ducati in 2013 if they can't make a competitive bike. Today in Corriere dello Sport he apparently said that he would be open to riding for a satellite team for the first time in his career next year. Until the Rookie Rule got dropped, the Italian press seemed to think that Rossi was headed back to Repsol next year. Now they're talking about Gresini. Interesting to me that none of this seems to be in the English language press yet.

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