MotoGP » Rossi to start final Ducati race from eleventh

"Today went pretty badly, and I'm sorry because we really hoped to do well in these last races" - Valentino Rossi.

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November 10, 2012 10:59 PM

when vale first signed for ducati i knew he was going to be in for a huge shock and the over hyped italian dream team was only going to be an italian nightmare.
at the time it seemed only a few people realised how bad the ducati prototype handled and that stoner was masking all of its flawes , front end crashes were simply seen as stoners mistakes and nothing else.
its been rather sad actually to see vale suffer so extremely bad on it and even more baffling that he made such an extreme misjudgement of the bikes potential.
i think he will fare better on the much smoother M1 , but its yet to be seen if jlo can even match pedro's honda , that new RCV is a class of its own and surprises me that stoner never took it when it was offered.


November 10, 2012 11:14 PM

Hoping it's dry on Tuesday! Vale won't be able to gauge his potential jumping onto a new bike under those conditions. However, it'll be interesting to see how Dovi handles the Duc in the wet. Hoping for all riders to have a safe week heading into the off-season!

Guy - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 2:18 AM

Rossi might start thinking about retirement after Tuesday. But hopefully he does well, the series needs more people fighting at the front, it's "ridiculousness: already.


November 11, 2012 5:58 AM
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I've been giving your comment a lot of thought.
One gives ones local football, cricket, baseball team etc their full support for life, and you support the team even as it moves on and perhaps goes into a slump for many years.
True fans of GP racing move on and certainly may hold on to fond memories of certain riders but to hold on and lie , make excuses etc when their hero has gone off the boil is a no no.
I like I'm sure many others had riders whom I/they admired and never won a WC. It was the Rossi fans who started this Rossi v Stoner. Rossi v the rest of the paddock,
next year.

True Fan - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 6:09 AM

@Jon "...What a disaster the whole Ducati experience has ben for him..."

The Rossi experience has been an absolute, unmitigated disaster for Ducati. They could have done awesome things with 30 million Euros. Instead, they squandered it on "the great bike developer" who is also "the greatest rider of all time"...His experience has been to learn the fallacy of both these legends. In his defence, he didn't initiate either legend.

The only positive to come out of it is that the ego tripping Ducati senior management that denied upgrades to Stoner, and arrogantly ignored his advice and the advice of their engineers to do the R & D to fix handling problems have been shown up. Rossi has indeed been humbled, and is probably a better person for the experience. Unfortunately, his fans are in cloud cookoo land.

It doesn't discount Rossi's earlier great achievements, but it both puts them into stark perspective, and leaves a large gap between then and now. But even if he wins on the Yamaha, it

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