MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: 'It will be a strange weekend'

“It will be a strange weekend that should be challenging for a few different reasons, but we'll do our best” – Valentino Rossi.

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RobG - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 3:10 PM

I wish Dorna/Marlbro/Ducati would offer Stoner, say a Million US Dollars to ride any Ducati of the past 2 years, plus his 2010 bike on next Tuesday & Wednesday.
I wouldn't expect him to set THE fastest lap time, but if he did, it would answer so many questions for us all.


November 06, 2012 3:13 PM


you cannot push to the limit when you do not know what the limit is.....

haydens crashes this year and injuries are a proof to that....he just pushed to hard....hell even when rossi hasnt been pushing, the bike has crashed unexpectedly...

expecting something from rossi at his age that too say for a 4-5th finish instead of 7th and also the high chance of injury is just absurd....

regarding the money...well fact is you need to pay more money to a top class rider to leave a top class bike.....also consider this, rossi is surely going to do well on the yam but he still gets paid less for that....prob is you are paid first and not later..

and lastly...since when did a riders level be decided by his ability to ride the ducati ??? people compliment lorenzo, pedrosa but fact is none have ridden the ducati...and they too may fail or ride it even worse....


November 06, 2012 3:17 PM

these two years have just confirmed these things :

Rossi cant ride just any bike

The rider is not an engineer and it takes both him and the team to make it work

Stoner did a real good job on the ducati

Rossi is not that arrogant guy he once was

stimpy274699 - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 3:20 PM

Ohh and news travelling around the circles in OZ is that in 2013 if Dovi or Hayden need to miss any races due to injury , a certin CS27 might get the call up for a one off race ..... :) .. I hope this is true ... As it would be nice to see him back on the red beast again ... Not to prove he is better than rossi etc etc , but just to see him slide that thing around ....


November 06, 2012 4:00 PM

It'll be a welcome change for ducati too.if dovi and nicky are still floundering mid pack, it won't draw quite as much.negativity as when vale was there too.

It should be a welcome change for everyone. hoping for a respectable last race though!

I wonder if alvaro will repeat last years first corner??


November 06, 2012 4:00 PM

@Dave Smithers
So you are saying that if you were racing at the speeds these guys do and you got on a bike that was the opposite to what your riding style requires you really would just go out there and ride it past the point you know you might crash .The guy isn't afraid to race he just sees it as a risk he would rather not take . And i respect him for been honest instead of throwing himself down the road like Hayden has done . The bench mark is the number of times he has finished ahead of Hayden . And even Hayden says the bike has got better . Also Casey won less and less as the seasons went on . So that alone shows how far behind the bike had got because Ducati assumed if casey could go fast on it then there wasn't a problem .Casey has a unique style that suited the bike but even he decided enough is enough and moved on . I don't think he moved just for money because Casey isn't motivated like that. Anyway i will take this oppurtunity to say HE WILL BE MISSED .

john - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 4:09 PM

What a lot of Stoner fans seem to forget is that the bike Rossi rode is NOT THE SAME as the one Stoner rode. Maybe if they had kept the bike as it was and Vale learnt to ride it they might have achieved something.If you take Capirossi and Malandri after failing dismally on the Ducrapi they have both gone on to win on other bikes. Makes one think. Rossi is not claiming anything for the future as I think that the last 3 years have wrecked his confidence, but I think that he will be close to JL, and maybe even quicker at times - lets hope that whatever happens it produces great racing.

645 - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 4:13 PM

TBH, unless you throw all of the riders on the same bike at the same time, everything is just speculation. Otherwise, if everything were so cut and dry, then this Rossi vs. Stoner debate wouldn't be raging on, now would it?

Even from one year to the next, too many things change to make absolute comparisons. Look at last year, JL couldn't touch Stoner. That didn't mean he "lost it". A year later, he's champion again. Does that mean it's all the bike? Hell no. It's a long season, and a lot has to go right to win a championship. The combo of rider and bike has to be better than the competition's, and that's never a guarantee. Some years it's a Yamaha, others it's a Honda. Heck, there was once even a Ducati.

As much as fanboys (of any rider) want to believe that success is based solely on a rider's efforts/talent, that's simply not the case. Because, if it were, CS would win the championship almost every year.

He_who_will_not_be_named - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 4:13 PM

Here we go again!
Rossi haters do your worst at least for 1 more week...
YES, Stoner did a hell of a job with the Ducati and Rossi failed. They are completely different riders.
BUT I cannot believe that there are people who insist that Rossi didn't try. The guy had the opportunity to achieve something really special, he gambled and he lost. But never forget what happened when he jumped from the Honda to the Yamaha. I wonder what were you saying back then, if you even watched MotoGP back then.
He was,is and will be the best damn thing that ever happened to this sport.

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