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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True Fan - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 10:37 AM

"....Valentino has much more experience and has a brain..." "...!Casey was still trying desperately to prove himself..." "...Valentino will prove he is not washed up..." "...If he had tried to do the impossible on the Ducati..."
What a load of rubbish. Valentino didn't show much brain in his Jerez pass 2011. He was desperate to prove himself. Stoner's famous comments afterwards in the face of Rossi's "apology-for-the-camera" scarred Rossi's mind... Rossi has EVERYTHING to prove now. Impossible? Not for Stoner, only for the rest. Rossi spent 2 years destroying a legend built on all those world titles. They're ancient history now. Point proved. Hiw only hope is to totally dominate. Fanboy excuses won't do.

Just Watch - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 12:07 PM

The reason this championship does taste sweet has a lot to do with Valentino and Jerry and the criticism they gave us that we couldn't develop a bike and didn't know what we were doing. Clearly they are 10 times more confused than we ever were about what direction to go in.

Tetley

November 13, 2012 2:17 PM

“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. Posted by True Fan”
That's true, True, they would probably have had enough cash, but they would have probably still wasted it trying to improve a design which had already reached the limits of its design potential, had been overtaken by the updated designs of other manufacturers, and was never going to be on the same pace as Yam and Honda.
And, 2 years ago, who was available who, despite being cheaper, would have been a better choice of rider for Ducati than VR46?

anklecurtains - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 2:06 AM

"And, 2 years ago, who was available who, despite being cheaper, would have been a better choice of rider for Ducati than VR46?"
in hindsight... ANYONE else. then the results would have actually matched the (lack of) expectation/hype.
The unfortunate thing about this "Dream Team" is it very quickly turned into a nightmare for all involved.
As a Ducati fan I was hoping to see them remain up front to mix it with the ulta-smooth Yamahas & Hondas, like putting a rabid dog in a cage with a few wiley foxes the outcome could go either way but you always hope the crazy, out-of-control beast is gonna tear the others apart or at least put up a good fight trying.
Fingers crossed for 2013 not to be another 2 horse race and Duc to get in with the Yamonda's but i wouldn't bet my left knacker on it.

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