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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November 06, 2012 7:19 PM

I still believe as many top insiders of Motorcycle racing believe that Stoner could ride around the problem because when he jumped on the Ducati he was 22 & only had 1 previous season in MotoGP on a Honda which was a 990cc. So he didn't have many years of experience to build a style around a certain bike.

Then take Rossi. Prior to his first ride on the Ducati he had 11 seasons on bikes that had perfect front end feel and developed his style around that. Which for a guy of his age would have been difficult to learn anything different.

Also you must take into account that when Stoner was at his height of the Ducati powers he had specially made tires which would have also masked problems but Rossi didn't have that luxury on the Ducati.

I'm not taking anything away from Stoner, I'm saying there could be more to read into why Rossi failed!

guess whos back - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 7:41 PM

On a much lower level anyone who has ever ridden/owned a ducati will tell you they are a marmite bike ,you either get on with it or your back on a gsxr,fireblade etc faster than you can blink

Md Zane

November 06, 2012 8:04 PM

Hey Casey, Bens bikes going spare on Tuesday,do ye fancy a bit of a bonus to retire on,ye see all us fans of Yorgi Dani and your good self have decided we gonna throw a couple of quid each into your account to see you proove the Ducatis isn't as bad has some would make us believe.I've been on the phone to Honda and they are happy to release your contract and all the employees are up to throwing in some of there wages too.So hows about it, 10million quid for just for 5 laps,go on Casey ye know it makes sense:)

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November 06, 2012 8:21 PM

It will be interesting to find out during the next season or a two what is Dr. pace compared to the 'aliens' and satellite hondas/yamahas.

What comes to the Dr. achievements they are 'one of a kind and undeniable' if you just look the amount of championships he has won and how many years he was able to dominate the motogp field. Since Rossi's glory days the level of motogp has been put totally on a second level after the Stoner, lorenzo and pedrosa entered the championships and got familiar with motogp class. (just like when comparing 80's football to 2000 and forward)
I will claim that Rossi's speed doesn't match the speed of the new alien generation just like the old generation was no match with the Rossi's speed who was the one to make the previous step up rise in MotoGP sport. Especially because of the Rossi's personality, talent and marketing value he has been always granted with the best bike of the grid, despite the ducati years.

I'm not a Rossi fan but I'm still pretty happ

Visitor - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 8:23 PM

and. continue:

I'm not a Rossi fan but I'm still pretty happy with Rossi's transfer back into Yamaha. That is only because of the marketing value and personality of mr. Rossi.

What comes to the achievements for the last two seasons, Rossi is the only rider in the planet who can **** up 100% two seasons in a row (because of lack of true personal talent and really out of the class results) and still get the best factory bike of the grid on the hands.
Other similar result riders would be old motogp riders and driving SB, moto2, trucks or taxies for the next years.

Interresting is that now we will have a new reference that is Rossi truly an average mid pack rider or a higher midpack.

We will also see that if the main M1 motorcycle strenghts, like high braking capability into corners, will be marketed as "Rossi's strenghts/talent" once a gain next season.

there there now - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 8:37 PM

Rossi's two year hiatus from winning has given him a early Christmas gift, the gift of humility, whereby he can now appreciate Casey's exceptional riding skill which is simply beyond his grasp, merry Christmas Val.


November 06, 2012 8:40 PM

You know what, as a long time Rossi fan, there is no doubt he is reaching the end of his career and probably won't reach those heights again. However, Lorenzo and Stoner have been superb these last few years, Lorenzo perhaps WILL dominate Rossi in 2013.

However, let's put it in perspective eh? Lorenzo is an amazing rider and thoroughly earned his 2 world titles in MotoGP. If he does it another 2 or 3 times it will be amazing. He is in his prime, just like Rossi was in 2003/2004 (10 years ago guys!)

Casey is a sight to behold and possibly the best, but, he is quitting the sport, yes quitting. So he will go down in history as a guy on another level but didn't like the sport. Bye Bye Casey! Love his riding, hate his attitude.

I think Jorge will beat Valentino in 2013, no question, but it will be a few years yet before Jorge gets the respect he deserves, and rightly so.


November 06, 2012 8:53 PM

people wondering why vale isn't pushing the duke is simple.
he is scared of it , no shame in that either.
the duke can throw you off in a blink at any moment , usually when you think its going pretty good.
its a totally unpredictable bike.
stoner has no fear and would get back on it and push it even harder and get results.
puts a damper on the remarks from over the years that claimed stoner was mentally weak.

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