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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tom cat - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 10:07 PM

to all the moto gp would be champions who write comments on this site,if after two years of banging you head against a brick wall would YOU ride your heart out on the last race,NO and as for the money rossi was paid,well if you where told next year you would be riding a thourghbred race horse and where given a DONKEY instead and told to make the best of it would you ride it for free because it did not win? if ducati setup is so good why is audi having a big clear out?.stoner won one world title on it,and it's gone down hill since thats why stoner left because he was not listened to ducati allways knows best.

Md Zane

November 12, 2012 10:20 PM

I can see THE TITLE SPONSORS all over the Ducati,must have saved that small company a small fortune

Ride ye heart out,nah maybe Vali should have parked it up to save the embarrassment to Ducati and himself.

bjr - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 10:21 PM

....God knows why Ducati upper management paid the ludicrous amount of money to Rossi,...

Because Stoner had won a WC on their bike in 2007, because Stoner gave Rossi a solid run for his money in the 2008 WC, and was still putting their bike on Pole position, taking regular podiums and occasional wins even at the end of 2010.

All the Ducati needed to dominate MotoGP was a great rider like Rossi instead of the the useless, crashing moaner that they thought Stoner was.

Just Watch - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 12:27 AM

Let's forget how duc overlapped by pedrosa. he ride in another pace.
But i still don't understand how CRTs beat him in race. Of course it's not the bike(never before). they get same weather, they got same tire, same track, etc...

anklecurtains - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 2:24 AM

sorry i know you're getting plenty of feedback here but if there was anyone in this race that had something to prove it was rossi. it was his last chance, to show he could ride whatever bike he was given on the grid.
i do agree that he has set himself up nicely for this week's testing though. we'll see lap times much faster than the duc and only one direction to point the finger of blame... ducati. i would say he will still get owned by crutchlow in '13 but yamaha will make sure that tech 3 isnt too competitive against rossi, they sure screwed spies.
cant wait to see 46 back on a competitive bike though to see if his ambition/ego still outweighs his talent.

stoner would never get lapped because he would rather go down fighting rather than be a mobile chicane, and he's done that many times in his career, riding his a$$ off on inferior bikes.

True Fan - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 3:28 AM

@Just watch ..."(Stoner) I knew that when he got on the bike he was not going to be any faster than me. I was 100 percent sure of that. He complained about his shoulder injury at the start of the season, but he got his best result with his shoulder injury. As soon as his shoulder injury went, he got worse. The excuses didn't stop until the end of the season when they just had to start admitting that they didn't know what direction to go."

Stoner nailed it. He knows it. Rossi knows it. Total humiliation for Rossi. Owned. Lapped. It's only the fanboys clinging on to the myth.

washedup - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 4:57 AM

The bottom line, rossi came to ducati and was just another rider that couldn't come close to matching what only stoner could do. During their time together in motogp, they have 2 titles each stoner has more wins. Rossi's best year on a ducati doesn't even come close to stoners worst. Don't give me this crap about the bike changing, because for the first few races of the 2011 season, rossi was on the EXACT same bike stoner won 3 races on and had a further 6 podiums the year before. and then Rossi made it WORSE!! He has no one to blame but himself.

herewego - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 7:59 AM

Valentino says he was still complaining about the same things in 2012 as he was in 2010 - Ducati did absolutely nothing about anything! Casey Stoner did nothing but complain in the years he rode the bike, Ducati did nothing about it. Yes, Casey managed to win races, but he managed to fall off a lot in an attempt to push a bike that was always going to fail. Valentino has much more experience and has a brain that told him that it was a waste of time, and probably a waste of his life if he was to attempt the same thing!Casey was still trying desperately to prove himself,so constantly pushed the bike way past it's rideable limits and crashed. Valentino will prove he is not washed up, is not past it and that he can still ride a good bike!!If he had tried to do the impossible on the Ducati, he might not be in a position now to do so!

aeaventures - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 9:41 AM

Lets be honest here! he arrived to a race winning Ducati, has screwed them up hill and down dale and now says 'ciao' leaving them with not the faintest idea what constitutes a winning bike, what a bloody expensive mess

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