MotoGP » POLL: Valentino Rossi - Ducati or Yamaha?

Valentino Rossi is set to decide his MotoGP future before the next round at Indianapolis in mid-August, what should he do?

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July 31, 2012 1:47 PM

People crap on about Stoner v Rossi on the Ducati, wins and DNFs and 1 champion and yes Rossi none, but 2007 was a freak event for Ducati and whether it be Stoner or Rossi the Ducati will not win a WC for some time. Audi may bankroll their revival but even that is not certain as Rossi has alluded to. It is the lack of front end certainty that affects Rossi more than Stoner (and Hayden) hence why he struggles the Yam will give that back to him. As stated on another thread if he is not competitive on a factory Yam next year I will admit it is probably time to move to the commentary box.

paul fawcett - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 2:26 PM

I really like Ducati and the bikes they produce, but they wanted a Italian on a Italian bike, and it has not worked.

But how did Stoner jump on it win races and a championship, simply he could deal with it and ride the nuts off the thing. Must be a Australian style that can ride it, remember when Bayliss jumped on it at and one on it and he had never been on it before.

I think stoner is the better rider,and can dealt with the Ducati better than Rossi can.

If Rossi does move to Yamaha everyone will think it was the best move he had done, and rather stay with the Ducati and deal with the bike.

He really has thrown his toys out the pram and trying to find away to leave Ducati and hoping Yamaha will take him back,when if they do i would tell him to piss off it's not our fault.

So yes he has won lots of championship, but is he really a better rider, i dont think so... and he is a ******...

billace - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 2:27 PM

Sorry, had to get some work done. I'm told I'm far better when baked, forget grilling.

My take is that Ducati is a tiny manufacturer. The fact that they compete in MotoGP better than Suzuki or Kawa is unbelievable. They won races every year they've been there, sans the last 2. They can build a competitive bike, remarkable really considering they were always getting second tier riders. They were lucky to get Stoner on it and in a way have Vale to thank for it. If you went by size and resources they shouldn't even be in MotoGP and you hvae to give them credit for trying new things and bucking the trends.

WaS the Honda unrideable because a Moto2 champ and MotoGP race winner couldn't get any results on it? Racing is a team sport and the team that gets the most out of the bike wins. Except for a few outliers, there are only 4 riders with the skill AND THE TOP FLIGHT TEAM to make that happen. Ducati isn't Rossi's failure so far, his team and engineers are not getting the job don

billace - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 2:28 PM

Look at what happened when he used Nicky's setup, he showed immediate improvement. Maybe becuase Nicky is pushing to his limit and his less accomplished team has more to work with?

An SR71 leaks fluid on the ground. This is required in order for it to perform flawlessly on the edge of the atmosphere....

Q - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 2:29 PM

It's really pathetic how many people on this board discredit Rossi and all he has achieved. For what reason? Your opinion doesn't matter, ALL of these GP riders are talented. I enjoy the sport irregardless of nationality or manufacturer. Some of the riders genuinely lack personality I agree, and others are quite arrogant. That aside the speculation and opinions are absurd. Who cares what these guys do with their life and what decisions they make. Just enjoy the damn sport, dedication, and expertise these guys show us. I'll be happy the day I can find an actual enthusiast board instead of an opinionated pissing cointest into a gale force wind.

nas - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 2:31 PM

This is the team that made Casey Stoner want to quit Motogp. If they can't deliver for Rossi either at the end of the year, he should find himself a competitive team. Rossi owes Ducati nothing. They made several promises to a proven rider and they let him down. They don't belong in Motogp.

Anarki - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 2:32 PM

Rossi should stay with Ducati. Why not? Money is amazing, nobody can get that kind of pay, not even close and, in my book, he has nothing to prove to anybody.

Ponty - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 2:34 PM


You are right! It would be worse than staying with ducati and finish last. I dont get all the blind people here. Its pretty obvious that Yamaha want rossi ONLY for his sponsor money and they wont give him enough support to challenge their golden boy Lorenzo.

Paddock rumors from the the digi tv commentators before the Lagune Seca race:

- Ducati offered 3 times more money to Rossi than Yamaha
- Lorenzo would get much higher salary than Rossi
- Rossi is not allowed to take his mechanics with him to Yamaha
- Ducati give 7 days to Rossi to decide on their future.

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