MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: 'Hard to concentrate' for poor positions


"It is very difficult to keep the concentration and enough power, physically but especially mentally, when you can fight for a not very important position" – Valentino Rossi.

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MichalisV

July 30, 2012 3:29 PM

For those who say that the Ducati results is the riders' fault and that only Stoner can win the championship with that bike so far: How can Stoner finish 4th in the 2009 and 2010 championship with Ducati and suddenly win the championship in 2011 with Honda?

mel - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:33 PM

Honda racing promised him factory spec bike at satellite team if he agrees to race with Honda machine next year.
Posted by roslida

Not true!

CRT - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:35 PM

@ For those who say that the Ducati results is the riders' fault and that only Stoner can win the championship with that bike so far: How can Stoner finish 4th in the 2009 and 2010 championship with Ducati and suddenly win the championship in 2011 with Honda?
Posted by MichalisV

Than how can a rider that is supposed to be SO much more superior not even achieve a pole poistion or a dry podium finish?

1 - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:37 PM

"For those who say that the Ducati results is the riders' fault and that only Stoner can win the championship with that bike so far: How can Stoner finish 4th in the 2009 and 2010 championship with Ducati and suddenly win the championship in 2011 with Honda?"

Try applying a median average to Stoners results in each year of MotoGP on the Ducati (if you know what a median is). You will have your answer.

CRT - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:40 PM

Haydens Results 2010 vs 2012 through 10 races.

2010 2012
4 6
4 8
4 11
ret 6
4 9
7 7
8 6
7 10
5 6
6 6

99 points vs 102 points. I cannot remember the cause for Haydens retirement, but having one retirement and only 3 points behind compared to 2012 does not look like improvement to me.

logiczero - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:46 PM

"For those who say that the Ducati results is the riders' fault and that only Stoner can win the championship with that bike so far: How can Stoner finish 4th in the 2009 and 2010 championship with Ducati and suddenly win the championship in 2011 with Honda?"

You forget that in 2009 Stoner missed some races due to medical problems. Anyway, even if he finished 4th he still won races and scored many podiums.

some1 - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:47 PM

There is another missing pieces that could restore Ducati performances back to it's glory days. Stoner's crew chief and his crew.

If Ducati managed to get this crew with whoever rider they pick for 2013, there is a chance the true Ducati performance returns like the old days.

Just swap with JB and his crews back to Honda where they could excel very well with the Japanese technology. It mean Rossi could lose JB to Marquez or if Marquez brought his own crews, Rossi and JB could ride for Gresini and get factory bike like Honda promise. Much better than Yamaha which is only want his sponsor money.

2fingers - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:53 PM

An interesting technical synopsis of the GP12 has been blogged after Ducati left there machine without fairings after a recent test a Mugello.
As mentioned many times on this site and others, it seems as if the engine configuration and a lack of experience in twin spare design has caused Ducati to compromise the layout of the bike.
I guess these things may seem trivial to the outsider, but I suppose when you are competing at this level you need a well-designed bike beneath you to be able to be able to fight for victories.
gpone.com/albertocani/2012/07/18/lanalisi-tecnica-il-telaio-della-ducati-gp12-e-la-questione-della-coperta-corta/
It's in Italian but use Chromes translation services to convert to English

Marc - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:58 PM

Based on Rossi's quotes in this article it sounds like he's tired of trying to make the Ducati work. He sounds like he's mentally and physically defeated on this bike. Crashing for 8th isn't what he wants to do. And Ducati offering more money (but less than current) isn't helping nor a big concern based on Rossi's words. Also the minor engine remapping hasn't helped much as expected. While the changes have helped Hayden they haven't been enough for Rossi

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