MotoGP » Stoner proud of Lorenzo, Pedrosa rivalry

“I've had a lot of great races with them over the years and I think our rivalry takes us to a very high level” - Casey Stoner.

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billace - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 12:58 PM


Use a slightly different perspective. These 3 grew up in racing watching Rossi dominate and you can bet they couldn't wait for a chance to share the track with him and take on the best. While watching him they saw the celebrations, advantages over team mates, mind games and were preparing for it before they hit the premier class.

Jorge's celebrations were a message to Rossi, notice he stopped doing them when Rossi was no longer a factor. Rossi always made the backhanded comments about Casey in the media and Casey did the exact same thing back when Rossi opened the door.

Vale says himself he is not at Jorge and Casey's level. He said he was mad at Yamaha for signing a strong team mate (Jorge) after blocking Casey. he ran to Ducati to hold on to the #1 rider spot and can not come even remotely close to matching Casey's results. Jorge beat his single season points record while against Him, Dani and Casey, a much stronger field than Rossi faced.

The point is Rossi

billace - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 12:59 PM


The point is Rossi was the king, just like Doohan before him. The torch gets passed. Rossi decision is a big one now,

Stay at Ducati and risk running out of things to blame while being uncompetitive,

Go back as the #2 at Yamaha without the clout to dictate terms and make demandsas he always had while risking being outperformed by a rider he knows is at another level.

Go to Gresni (he says its not a factory bike) and try to get up front.

Vale's been at this a long time and he himself says he will have a difficult time competing with the front group. Now with Marquez coming up he has another generation of rider that grew up watching him and will be gunning for him no matter what he's on.


July 31, 2012 1:04 PM

@ billace, I hate to agree with you, but I do in many ways. I still think though that rossi on a yamaha will be much more in the mix than he is now

He's not the be all and end all of bike racing but he deserves to retire.from the sport on some sort of a high.

Me - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 1:09 PM

These Benny Hill fans are out in force rubbing their hands at this prospect of Rossi winning next year and performing one of his many comedic talents probably digging a hole to have a s**t in or, better for the ladies, get his manhood out! There will be a sea of yellow in the stands again as I have noticed the cameras don't show the crowd so much. It is all biased toward him. What TRUE champion belittles his rivals using devious methods? A commercialised wannabe Benny who's father rates Mike the Bike over is son. Hey Mike did not need tv in his face . His legend was born from his shear riding ability!

there there now - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 1:26 PM


Good post as usual, although this comment stood out

" He said he was mad at Yamaha for signing a strong team mate (Jorge) "

A very odd but telling sentence, if he actually said that, or maybe it was just some journalists artistic license.

pullitup - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 1:29 PM


Sad but to us its racing, to you its Rossiworld of which the two will never marry.

You can go on and on about how last decade he won 9 WC and I can go on about how Mick won 5 in row and handed a winning bike to Rossi.

Since 2007 he started to face a group of young riders who he couldnt control buy with 3 years they had him at his best.

I hope he goes well at Yamaha but I dont think so, time will tell but you guys all claimed he would win a WC on the Ducati and he cant even win the Friday night raffle at the local Ducati club.

billace - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 1:36 PM

Interview with Dean @ superbike planet following Laguna.

he said the Ducati/Audi offer was not 17M and much less, deservedly so.
Gresni option not as attractive because not a factory bike

And the comments about Yamaha & Jorge.

Its a tough decision, understandably so. he was the carrot these guys chased. He also helped to make them what they are today. His tactics that made him a superstar are the thing that toughened up the young guns. People say they are boring beause they are more focused and have to block out the "noise" Rossi always created and let the on track performance do the talking. Now Marquez is coming up. Watching his riding I wonder how much respect he'll show Vale on track.

I really feel bad for Vale its not just a decision about a ride, its a decision about a legacy. I hope he finds some motivation to elevate his gmae and find the confidence to really show his abilities either way. I tell my kids, No shame in failure if truly gave your best and you can't


July 31, 2012 1:42 PM

ummm just top 3? this guy is a fantastic jokes! One man missing who is more than this 3, but guess what the name is!! Starts with R and and with I. in the middle SS. and before middle part O. Have you guess it? ROSSI!!

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