MotoGP » Phillip Island 'special and unique' says Rossi

'It's a track that a rider has to love. Racing a MotoGP bike there is a lot of fun, but it was a difficult weekend for us last year' - Valentino Rossi

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October 24, 2012 3:12 PM
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Rossi's right Philip Island is a great track, and that's because it was sort of molded to fit the landscape. Too many tracks these days are either too simple (straight, constant radius corner, straight, repeat...) or they are totally over designed usually to suit cars.

The more kind of "organic" tracks are either being dropped from the calendar as the years go by or are bulldozed into the other type of track.


October 24, 2012 3:16 PM

@decron and Wylie.
Yea man those were the days the sound of those MVs Gilera's amd honda 4s with the meggas on were fantastic also the Honda 6 and Guzzi v8s and at the UGP where they were miles ahead of the competition tou could hear the wawawawa of those babies for over half a mile.
Pure music, and I must say like Barry Sheen the last true wit motorbike racer not a clown but a truly funny bloke who said he couldn't wait for the 4 stokes to return only like myself to be let down, he said they sounded like a VW with a busted muffler the only bike that sounded remotely like the bikes of old was the Ducati.

98098 - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 3:25 PM

"The good old days...blah blah blah"

Listen people, sports evolve, and part of that evolution is to push the limits and increase the competition levels. In doing so, results SHOULD get closer together.

The 100m final is the highlight of the Olympic games, and the best runners are within a fraction of a second of each other. Would it be even remotely entertaining if we had runners seconds apart? Hell no!

Appreciate the athleticism, the sounds, etc., but let's not pretend that that makes for EXCITING racing. A spectacle, sure, but racing? Fairing to fairing: that's racing!


October 24, 2012 3:41 PM

That is why they have NASCAR. If you do not care about the whole picture, the technology and different driving/riding styles and solutions but just care about close racing then NASCAR is ideal. It is a different mindset to those who watch F1 where close racing is a myth. F1, like MotoGP, is all about the technology and personalities and riding/driving techniques. They have catered for close racing by the design of the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. MotoGP should be pure prototype and if it remains so there will always be a disparity in performance. The 500cc 2 strokes had reached their pinnacle of development. A V4 configuration with similar bore and stroke was used by all manufacturers because natural selection over years of racing proved it to be the best solution. So the performance gap between a Suzuki and Honda and Yamaha was very little and closer racing ensued. But it was technologically boring!!!

Rossi Boring - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 4:31 PM

So Mr Rossi, now you find MGP interesting ?.

I really don't get it, one minute he's saying that he is on auto pilot just going round and round, and the next minute he says that he likes it.

Watch him finish lower than 11th at PI

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