MotoGP » Valentino Rossi out-qualified by CRT at Indy

"This track has strange asphalt that has less grip than what we're used to but that still wears the tyres" - Valentino Rossi.

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August 19, 2012 1:39 PM

@ Martin..."he should be sacked and immediately replaced by a talented rider who is willing to work."

They already have one, his name is Nicky. The poor bloke found out how the bike can bite.
Like you, I would like to see Rossi put in more of an effort but the line between trying and crying is too fine. Casey rode that line better than anyone and crossed it too many times for my liking. It's amazing he escaped serious injury, and for that we should all be glad.

If they do what your quote says, what sort of luck do you think Dovi, or Cal, or whoever, would have?


August 19, 2012 1:48 PM

@ Codger

The thing is, we aren't talking about Cal, Dovi or any other rider. We are talking about VALENTINO ROSSI. I put his name in capitals because he was sold to Ducati as the best development rider - not ANY rider but THE rider. On that basis the bar for Rossi is supposed to set higher than any other rider, not against riders we are repetitively told by his fans aren't fit to lace Rossi's boots.

Rossi fans can't have it all ways, though they keep on trying. Rossi took on the task at Ducati for a massive pile of cash, and he has unequivocably failed. I have no interst in knocking Rossi for its own sake, its the rubbish of so many of his fans that generate posts like mine, telling it like it is.

rossi sponser - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 2:01 PM

We will always continue to support valentino no matter! He still brings more fans and support to motogp, people just watch to see him, i appreciate their may be better riders now,but give him a break hes the top man to attract fans to motogp. does he have to break his neck on a bike he has no fath in!
may he remain in the sport for a long time to come.
justice please.

hahahaha - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 2:07 PM

Some posters here who defend rossi are so funny.instead of trying to sound smart with their partial arguments,yet sound foolish.
-They exposed casey's 07 Ducati massive speed on the other hand failed to take Capirossi who already had more years experience on ducati into account.
-They said Rossi(The God rider)was lacking experience on Ducati to Stoner in Valencia's 2010test,yet they failed to reason why Casey topped the timesheet on the very first attack-why hadnt Casey been like 1 scnd off to the 5 year experienced Dani?.
it would always be a tough days to have blokes like you in my neighborhood!

billace - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 2:11 PM

Seriously people, is the Ducati really such a great danger?

Nicky crashed going 1s faster in turn 13, making the red bike a death machine.

Crutchlow crashed there a few times over the weekend and Spies had a big rash there too. Poor Vale will never have the confidence to push an M1 with that kind of performance.

The #1 bike crashed there too after making an amazing save the day before.

This is the pinnacle of racing and this happens every weekend at every track.

Also, can we stop with the Stoner "quitter" talk. yes, he is not a great personality for the sport but he's not phoning it in either. He turned down a big offer from Honda becuase he decided he wants to do other things and did it early enough to let them plan form next season and created opportunities for other riders to move. The Silly season is upon us and some guys out there are riding for a job you know...


August 19, 2012 2:13 PM

@ TalentFan, I take your points although I sincerely hope that you aren't lumping me in with the 'Rossi can do no wrong' posters.
Martin wanted a talented, hardworking rider brought in for the remaining races and I assumed he meant Dovi or Cal. I rate the pair of them highly but can't see them outperforming Rossi or a fully fit Nicky. (next year maybe.)

Occasionally I'm accused of being blind to Rossi's faults when I defend him but, like you, I try to be objective.

To my mind Rossi (and Jerry) have failed miserably in their quest to improve the Ducati and I have no idea where to put the blame.

Conversely Stoner's massive ability to put the Ducati on the podium so many times didn't improve the bike either.

Above all I want to see the Ducati back on top, unfortunately there's nobody able to do put it there. (please don't suggest Casey, we don't want to see him retire in a wheelchair)

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