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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MotoGp1 - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 2:52 PM

RE: ''Then allowed the media to tear shreds of Stoner''.

Huh? How can DORNA control the media? Media is journalist opinion not a motorsports governing body. Some bad, some good opinion in the media about all riders, this is lfe. Lewis Hamilton is often criticised in F1, as a Lewis fan I don't like this and think this is unfair, but this is life. People have different views and no one can 'control' the media unless we want to live in a dictatorship with censored opinion.

Back to your comment about Casey being critcised. I would agree some have critcised him, but this is fans of other riders and almost exclusively on the internet, not in the paddock. The paddock is a group of professional people engaged in motorsport and marketing and not just 'fans' views, which irritates Casey as he wants to be rememberd as the best of his era. Some may argue, this is not possible though.

It is possible that it could be viewed that Casey (not DORNA or any other governing body) has managed to tear sh

clint - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 2:58 PM

Thanks to Yamaha for now putting some interest into the 2013 season. It is the only way for moto gp followers to see if Rossi still has what it takes.I for one hope he has still got enough to be at the pointy end.

MotoGP1 - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 2:59 PM

Maybe stoner (not the media) tears shreds off himself by various bizarre antics.

1) Refusing to shake Rossi's hand at Laguna Seca.
2) Climbing over a pit wall (Against rules) and standing on the grass in the middle of a race to 'clap' Rossi for knocking him off.
3) Refusing to accept Rossi's apology after the race and saying ''How's the shoulder''?
4) Claiming Rossi is the only person who complains about injury, when Stoner does this himself.
5) Claiming Rossi is a 'quitter' by leaving Ducati for Yamaha, when Stoner himself left Ducati for HRC.
6) Punching and shoving a rider on track. Highly dangerous.

The above are remembered by MotoGP fans, and sadly it does detract from Stoner's superb natural ability and speed.

These are the reasons he presumably cannot have the same level of fans as Rossi or other riders, even if he won ten championships. People remember these behaviours and don't like them for someone who is, ironically, so brilliant at racing bikes. That is the irony.

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