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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If Rossi wants to continue coasting around while earning gigantic pay checks he'll stay at Ducati. If he believes he has another win in him he'll leave.

imo If he goes to Yamaha he will get podiums- but will be outclassed and beaten by Jlo. Would have been even tougher for Rossi but now Stoner is leaving...

However Bradl and (soon) Iannone are coming...


July 31, 2012 5:42 PM

I want to see racing, I couldn't care less about what brand he rides. Ducati has not come up with a competitive bike in a reasonable amount of time. I was all for the drama of seeing the Ducati move forward, but it has not. Yes, they changed the frame and improved the front end feel but they have not changed the fundamental problem of mass centralization. Who gives a rat's ass about the L configuration? Ducati doesn't make L4s for sale anyway. They know the problem, hell we know the problem, and they stubbornly persist with the silly thing. Even if they changed it today it still needs another year of refinement to be able to compete with the big boys.
Time to say goodbye and wish them well in their en devour. Time to go racing again on a decent bike. Even the satellite Yamaha are miles ahead of the Ducati. Like he said, money is not a problem. Time for Rossi to spoil the Lorenzo, Pedrosa party. Too bad Stoner won't be there to join the fray.


July 31, 2012 5:50 PM

re: "We have a real problem: again today, we had a hard time getting the front tyre to work, and it was like brand new after 30 laps"

problem or opportunity...? sounds like a breakthrough in technology for the next generation of sport-touring tyre...? :) the billionaire cheapskates who whine about not getting 8-10k miles out of the rear fitted to their 750lb all slab all the time rigs will be lining up. LOL

Jon - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 6:09 PM

@ chris odonnell

I reckon the Duke suits some riders more than others.
Although it only seem to suit a minority. I think
the difference between Casey and Vale is that Casey
is a very aggressive rider and Vale tends to be more
of a smoother rider. It seems like the Ducati does
not like a smooth rider but but more of an agressive
rider to get it thru the corners by the scruff of
the neck !
Other websites seem to hint that Vale really will make
the return to Yamaha. He acknowledged that Dovi will
probably p*ssed off at losing the Yamaha ride.
When asked about being #2 to Lorenzo Yamaha he said
he had no problem with it.


July 31, 2012 6:10 PM

re: "Who gives a rat's ass about the L configuration? Ducati doesn't make L4s for sale anyway."

no worries, that time is coming. for now it's a "holdback". if they gave it to you all now...? then what would they give you in say 2020...? they can't risk blowing their load until such time it's proven that the L-twin isn't competitive. taking away the +6 (even with 50mil corks) sees an old man on an OLD BIKE running roughshod.


July 31, 2012 6:14 PM

re: "I dont get the Ducati? Capirossi and Bayliss had the ducati at the front of the grid for ages, then came Checa Melandri Rossi and the bike was ****e???
doesnt make sense"

it does when you consider we transistioned from an era of open tyre development to a control tyre. unlike a pair of stretch pants one size here does NOT fit all.

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