MotoGP » Rossi lapped as Ducati era draws to an end


Valentino Rossi's final outing as a Ducati rider is an unhappy one as he can only finish in tenth place, a lap down on Dani Pedrosa.

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Imnotblind - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 6:11 PM

Vale is all washed up, he would love to retire as you can tell from his riding that he no longer has the edge or balls at this level anymore. Be prepared for another dismal year as he tries to save face for fleecing of Ducati. Dovi to be 5 tenths quicker on his first outing on the duke !

slow joe - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 6:31 PM

lol 5 tenths sh*t pal he needs alot more than that !!As for Rossi retiring he had a great chance to get out n chose not too . The blokes gonna kick **** again cant wait

Agent55

November 12, 2012 6:33 PM

Bye bye Ducati, you're ineptitude won't be missed. Sorry it didn't work out for Vale and Co, but really it's the Boys from Bologna that have pie on their faces. Stoner walked when they couldn't give him a championship-winning bike after 07's miracle, it ended Melandri's GP career and now Rossi will walk after they proved unable to understand their own creation.

In all 3 instances, It's come down to Ducati not listening to (and acting on) rider feedback. Stoner said it was his reason for leaving, Melandri was told to see a shrink and Rossi has said many times (Burgess too) that Ducati hasn't really listened or improved the bike since he joined.

987 - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 6:45 PM

@ there there now

Are you THAT much of a hater to be blinded by the obvious? Rossi didn't re-sign with Ducati BECAUSE they won't develop the bike properly, and BECAUSE he and Burgess believed that that's what they were brought on to do.

If you know the reason WHY Ducati would bring them on, pay that amount of money, only to NOT use them in the role that they were hired for, then you my friend must be a higher up at Ducati.

Ducati is the only manufacturer to publically announce future upgrades to their machine, only to not deliver the goods come deadline (eg: Laguna Seca engine package...pfft!). That's a complete joke at what's supposed to be the highest form of motorcycle racing.

Rossi on the Ducati might have been a joke, but Ducati itself is the bigger one.

True Fan - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 7:13 PM

@987
Hold on, so after Capirossi and Bayliss routinely ended the year with the same bike they started with, same for Gibenau, Stoner, Melandri, and Hayden (not to mention the satelite bikes), you think Rossi was going to go in there and get instant upgrades whenever his highness demanded? In which parallel universe? Ducati is a small manufacturer. At the time, Rossi went there because he gave Yamaha an ultimatum, and they chose Lorenzo. God knows why Ducati upper management paid the ludicrous amount of money to Rossi, but they could have fixed all the problems with the bike and then some. On top of that, Ducati provided more upgrades to Rossi in 18 mopnths than all the above riders received IN TOTAL since 2003. Get real. 80 seconds. That's the joke.

Crashers - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 9:11 PM

To all the moaners whining about rossi's salary, talk to yamaha about how much Rossi is worth, winning or not. The defending champions had NO TITLE SPONSOR for two years!!!! That's absolutely unforgivable, do you really think that will be the case next year? Rossi even remotely competitive, which he should be, will bring in much more money than he costs. Fans who just started watching don't get the popularity of this guy and think it is unjustified. He practically brought the sport to the level it is now on his own back, battling with All-time greats in Biaggi, Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa. Keep in mind from 06'(stoners first year) to 2010(before ducati debacle), Rossi won more than any of them!

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