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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Rossi no. 1 fan - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 5:26 AM

The replay of the crash was the funniest thing ever, it looked like he deliberately tossed the bike. Under the helmet he was probably thinking take that you POS. On top of that he walked away like he didn't care anymore.

rtrr - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 5:40 AM

now he probably realizes how good stoner was on the duc. he couldn't even make a normal line through the corkscrew. on the yam he could cut the corner to get ahead.

Mark - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 5:48 AM

Some people say that the Ducati has gone backwards since 2008 compared to other teams...i disagree because Hayden was around 6th back then and still is today.

Rossi states that he can ride at a certain speed and then it becomes unstable...well welcome to the real world! This is what all (but a select few) riders have to contend with every week/year. It's how you deal with it and race through it that sets you apart....or not.

abc - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 7:07 AM

@ Tom Horner

So you're saying, Capirossi, Bayliss, Melandri, Hayden and Rossi are all sh!t?

Melandri got better results on a privateer Kawasaki ffs.

Gumby - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 7:27 AM

In the 40 years I have followed cycle racing and raced myself (MX), the common denominator that every factory rider has voiced is, 'The engineers think they know how to set my bike up better than me.' And through this history, the Japanese manufactures have always been the worse. They think the person in front of the computer know how the bike handles better than they guy behind the handlebars. They have been that way since they entered racing, and they probably will never change. Not sure what's up with Ducati, but I have a feeling Rossi is telling it how it really is.

Tom Horner - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 7:27 AM

@ abc

No not at all abc, I haven't even mentioned 3 of those riders! so I don't know where that came from. If Rossi doesn't fit the balance of Ducati and his team is also having problems making this bike work, it's time for Ducati to think about the future and inject a new rider and team with fresh ideas. Lets face it Rossi and his team has had 2 years and the bike is still running 6th 7th 10th or crashes? so I think it's time for a younger rider to come on board and start pushing the Ducati for podiums.


July 30, 2012 8:09 AM
Last Edited 1126 days ago

Younger riders pushing the Ducati for podiums? Not unless he is a perfect clone of Stoner. Very unlikely.

Ducati wants to keep the bike in a certain way and win championships, unfortunately for them, those two things are mutually exclusive. A team that won in EVERY ERA SINCE 500CC (Vale and his crew) knows how to win. Ducati is the problem.

Other riders have demonstrated this. Melandri is a world class rider, if you havent seen him race in the 990c era then do so. He was an 'alien' on a non-factory bike. He got podiums on a privateer Kawi with zero upgrades/support. The Ducati ended his MotoGP career. Look at him now in WSBK. Rossi should get out of there asap and remind the world of his prowess.

For Vale's detractors, you are missing a very important point. When he deviated off track and onto the gravel in the most dangerous part of the circuit (2008) he stayed upright and made the turn, on the Yamaha. On the Dickati he crashed before even getting there.

Kazanawa - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 8:20 AM


The Ducati didn't end Melandri's MotoGP career. In the two years after Ducati in 2008, Melandri raced for Hayate (privateer Kawasaki) and Gresini Honda.

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