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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True fan - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 3:48 PM

@DB8 Interesting...however,
1. I haven't heard any apology from Rossi. And any previous ones I've heard have been mostly theatre, with marginal sincerity - so it's probably better left out. I don't think it's warranted now, because the opportunity is a couple of years past its use by date. I don't think Lorenzo cares. He respects Rossi's ability, and I think Rossi has respect for Lorenzo.
2. And Lorenzo is looking forward to the prospect of making GOAT's head soup next year. I doubt very much he would have forgotten Rossi's prima donna behaviour.

Maybe Rossi can still be competitive on the Yamaha. Who knows? He is still a very capable rider. Getting podiums won't be convincing. He has to win, and win often.


August 24, 2012 3:56 PM

@ True fan. Cool, I totally accept that. The pressure on Rossi to deliver is now bigger than ever and Lorenzo will be choming at the bit to beat him as he is a deserving world champion, but he must want to do it with Rossi un injured and on a bike he cannot put any blame on.

The dyanamic between these 2 on and off the track will be one of the highlights next year. Young Marc will be a dark horse too I think. I just hope he doesn't brain himself.

Owned - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 4:07 PM

@True fan...I'd be surprised if Rossi even gets on the podium in 2013. The fact is Stoner handed Rossi a bike that had won the last three races on the trot and Rossi, amongst an enourmous amount of fanfare, completely cacked himself, stumbled around two seconds per lap slower and despite being thrown millions of dollars, new frames, total bike redesigns etc, proceeded to go backwards.
I reckon he actually believes the mythical stuff he wrote in his book despite the facts suggesting otherwise. This won't end well for the yellow undie brigade.

WSBKfan - Unregistered

August 24, 2012 4:25 PM

MotoGP is now a telenovella. So, if you were Dorna (producers and writers), how would you script Rossi's return to Mama Yama? While Dorna probably wants to milk this for as much as possible, they gotta be worried about Rossi's age and how well he can take any further injury.
I think Rossi will get second or a close third in 2013, then win the championship in 2014, then retire.
MotoGP 2014 will be the most hyped season ever.

Thank goodness we got rid of that Aussie and American who wouldn't say their lines right.

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