MotoGP » Valentino Rossi further away than in February

Valentino Rossi to start just eleventh on the grid for Malaysian MotoGP.

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October 20, 2012 3:31 PM

@ the truth hurts

Rossi might have "one" of the best bikes to win, but there are at least another 3 of the best on the track. His team mate and the two Honda bikes. The fact of the matter is that the Ducati is crap. In 2007 the Ducati was great but Stoner was also spectacular in what he achieved on it. However, even Stoner suffered over his next 3 years on the Ducati. And what was Stoners excuse for 2012? If he was so great shouldn't he have won this years championship on the Honda? To be the best you need the results and the championships are the results that count at the end of the day :p

Sam - Unregistered

October 20, 2012 3:57 PM

@The truth hurts.

lol lol, well I didn't post that!! but lol again... I certainly did not miss a single race since 1998. and I very well remember how Rossi won in Malaysia almost disabled and held back Jorge for couple of races. even you as the worst motogp fan know Rossi got talent and skills to win again come 2013, ohh at 34 by the way!!

Casey Stoner did absolutely nothing with old gen bikes where Rossi won multiple titles back in old days. Casey can only win when he got the best, fastest and the most complete bike on the grid and others are riding donkey or injured, this year's performance is an evidence to it !!


October 20, 2012 4:35 PM

Rossi being 34 will mean nothing! Look at Biaggi winning the 2012 WSBK championship at 41. Look at Pedrosa who is riding better in 2012 than he did in 2006 when he joined the premier MotoGP squad. Rossi still has plenty racing years ahead of him. However, Lorenzo is riding very well and Pedrosa has been just as good this year. With Marquez joining next year, 2013 could be a turning point with decent races between Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez :)


October 20, 2012 4:36 PM

So Sam, if Rossi is so much better than Stoner, why is Rossi running with his tail between his legs back to Yamaha?

I know, maybe you're just angry that Rossi is in fact not as talented as Stoner. :)

JB - Unregistered

October 20, 2012 4:37 PM

The Best bike on the grid IS the Ducati... without doubt, it's the best bike there. It just needs the BEST rider to take control of it. Since Ducati have been competing in MotoGP, how many races have they won.? Who was riding ? Anyone, please enlighten me...


October 20, 2012 4:55 PM

@ The truth hurts.."Come to reality mate.Stoner won 3 of his last 5 races on the bike he handed over to your hero.It went totally down hill from there on"

Choosing stats to suit your point is fine, although you could have said that he failed to score any points in 2 out of his last 4.

Casey also needs the best bike to be successful because in his last year on the Ducati he finished 4th in the Championship. The bike was problematic then and it still is. The difference is Casey rode to win and fell a lot trying, Rossi is developing the bike. I for one thought he would be further forward than this though.
We mustn't underestimate how much the Hondas and Yamahas have improved. Compare the satellite bikes and it shows the improvement.

JS46 - Unregistered

October 20, 2012 5:08 PM
Last Edited 1289 days ago

You bunch of haters bashing on Rossi don't have nothing better to do.

Just wait till Rossi gets of the POS Ducati and gets back on his Yamaha. He will be up there for sure.

EDIT by CRASH.NET - abusive remarks removed, keep it civil please.

Vicarious Racer - Unregistered

October 20, 2012 5:33 PM

I'm sensing a consensus of opinion from Valentino's fans throughout this discussion and that seems to be that 'when' he wins the championship next year it will be because he has returned to the yamaha fold having failed so miserably on the ducati.
Doesn't realy mark him out as the 'greatest' any more now does it? - only going to be competetive on what we all agree is probably the Greatest Bike Of All Time.

blllace - Unregistered

October 20, 2012 5:35 PM


Many riders on the grid today would consider 4th in the championship with 5 race wins, 9 podiums and multiple poles and fastest laps as successful.

Ducati hired a rider and paid him a great deal more money to improve on those results, facts are he has not.

This is after saying "Stoner wasn't riding hard enough" before signing followed by "I will not take risks and ride like Stoner" after the paychecks started coming.

After saying "We need an Al chassis to understand how to improve the bike" to "I don't develop the bike, I can only ride what Ducati engineers give me".

Now he is going back to Yamaha and a worse deal than they originally offered him to stay in the first place except with a bunch of money from Ducati /PM in the bank.

Simple math really, Growth in bank account = inverse of reputation and ego

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