MotoGP » Yamaha explain Valentino Rossi’s return

“Valentino made the approach to express his interest to return to Yamaha. So the first point of contact came from Valentino's side to Yamaha”

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Vicarious Racer - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 9:32 PM

@ The Truth Hurts
In support of your comments.
From an article published some time ago.
When Valentino and his mechanics arrived at yamaha they were presented with a number of bikes, four I think, and were allowed to choose the best one, which of course as we know now was the cross plane crank M1. That machine, by luck or judgement, was a winner from the start, all Valentino's mechanics did was tweak it to suit his style.
It is clear from the last two years that Valentino and his team are incapable of radically improving or developing anything.
I for one am confident that he is going to spend the next two years with the faint aroma of Jorges exhaust fumes in his nostrils.


August 24, 2012 9:42 PM

@ aeolus

The picture that "I" see is...

...Rossi was/is under contract, and he is fulfilling his terms. It isn't about "stringing them along" IMHO, but it is plausible that he will dial it down from now on. Better to be fit and injury free for 2013. I believe that to be a smart move.

Marc - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 9:44 PM

Aeolus I don't think Ben is immature or easily manipulated. It's all speculation on what really occured. My guess is that Yam's discussions with Rossi probably started at the end of last year with how bad things were going and continued this year as they weren't getting better. Ben got the short end of the stick with inferior parts and bad luck. He saw the proverbial writing on the wall and decided to get out, there's nothing immature about that.


August 24, 2012 10:05 PM

"I think Jorge would honestly have preferred to keep Ben as his team-mate, and that was the way we were going as well in our early mid-season planning. "

So what does that mean? If Spies had any leverage in keeping his ride he blew it in an emotional tweet because someone, Mary Spies is supposed to have said not Lyn Jerves, disrespected Ben after Mugello. The evidence is that it was a planned move to piss Ben off and do just exactly what he did. He played write into their hands and they probably couldn't believe their good fortune. You don't show your cards until the hand is over.

The Morgue

August 24, 2012 10:13 PM
Last Edited 1345 days ago

You guys are putting a lot of words into peoples mouths and draw a lot of quick conclusions forgetting one thing:

Valentino Rossi is the most popular and well known motorcycle racer still in action. Millions around the world want to see him do well. It is something that transcends the sport and especially your personal taste. Him back on a competitive bike with a shot at racewins, let alone another championship, will make millions happy and fill up the grandstands again. Everyone knows he will one day retire but he is not done yet. The mere fact that he wants to continue in MotoGP for a couple of more years makes people watch the sport.

Md Zane - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 10:26 PM

Polatics apart Rossi is the best guy for the Yammy, I'd pick him over Ben or Dovi anyday just for the racing aspect.

Come on Carmelo get the cheque book out, give Casey the pen and make 2013 a cracker.


August 25, 2012 12:39 AM

I reckon there's some smart moves all around here.
1. Rossi needed a better bike to finish his career respectably on. He's got a great bike for 2013.
2. JL may not like VR, but he's happy to take him on - why not? From a weaker position he did just fine before. He's not afraid of this battle.
3. JL is smart enough to be happy with equal kit - I think he wants no-one to be able to say he didn't give VR a straight shot at him (which VR didn't do when the boot was on the other foot). So, when he beats VR handily (which JL is backing his own ability on) there can be no doubt that he's the better rider.
4. VR has no reason to moan - he can also stand on his own ability alone - with equal kit to JL he has the same chance to succeed & machinery well capable of a WC campaign.
This isn't a 'brave' move by VR - it's a smart one. If he gets whupped then he'll still be no worse off than if he'd stayed at Ducati, so not a big risk to ride the Yamaha to try to restore his reputation IMO.

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