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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shaftalot - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:23 PM

Damn shame it never worked out . I always thought he would work it out in the early days , but like melandri , rossi just couldn't do it .

Gotta say though to the people slagging rossi . Do you people have no memory ? Rossi is a nine times champion on numerous different configurations and capacities of bikes . So to basically call him a fraud and s##t and all that is a bit silly . You people are just showing your level of intelligence ..I Admit that Stoner is on another level to all the riders . His ability to ride the Duke was second to none . On the other hand , he never won a 125 or 250 title but nobody really picks up on these things , do they ?

Back to rossi .I'm looking at his time at ducati with conflicting thoughts . 6yrs ago on a 990 yamaha he went nearlly 2 seconds quicker in qualifying at valencia than he did this weekend on the duke . Is it a case of rossi has lost it , or maybe the duke is really that bad that he can't match his times from 6yrs ago . If he jumped on hi

Forzavalentino - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:25 PM

Ok clearly a difference of opinion on wether ducati or Valentino is to blame for the poor performances this year. I say to all the Rossi haters let's put your money where you're mouth is, I'll donate 100 euros to a charity of your choice if Valentino isn't at least 1 second faster than ducati on Tuesday any takers?????

shaftalot - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:29 PM

cont:

If he jumped on his 06 yam could he match those times of that year or has he lost it . One thing for sure is the current yam is a good bike so come tuesday we will see if rossi has lost his edge or not .. Providing it doesn't rain of course ...

times moved on - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:34 PM

this storys going down the shumacher route... as a vale fan im not building my hopes up for next year as i believe its not that hes lost it. its just that hes never been fast enough to run the times the top three are running nowadays.. even on the m1.. i used to think he was god on a motorcycle..but of course things are never that simple ..WHEN he gets his **** kicked next year i wont be surprised or dissapointed. hes been the greatest entertainer ive ever seen in the sport (on and off track) hes engaged millions of fans into the sport and if his day in the sun is over.so be it. what a glorious day it proved to be.

RaZ - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:40 PM

Had some of you people actually read Rossi's comments? It was obvious that for some reason his second bike wasn't even set up properly. Had the race been all wet, he could've been on the podium.

Jack Mordino

November 11, 2012 7:42 PM

"Black or white" mentality is for kids. It's not just "the bike" nor is it solely "the rider" at fault here. This obviously was a combination which didn't work and feedbacked itself into submission: The rider wouldn't feel good on the bike and would go slower, so lose places and thus would ride with less of a motivation/spirit and so lose even more places, etc until at the deathbed's last breath just gave up completely.

Spirit is everything in racing. If anyone over here has ever even half-tried to go fast on a motorcycle around a track knows for a fact that high spirits can make for a lot of time difference, nomatter what level you are at.

Myke

November 11, 2012 7:43 PM

Feeding time for the trolls, who you gonna get in our face with next year? I remember the supposed troll deity stoner finishing this bad if not worse on the duc on wets when most of the field switched to slicks and both stoner and hayden stayed on wets but as most of you trolls have only been watching motogp for about 5 minutes you probably don't know the race I'm referring to...
Been an unfortunate blip in an otherwise inspirational career, I still don't understand why you would sign a 9times world champ, pay him a fortune and then refuse to listen to him and his even more successful crew chief, little wonder huge changes are being talked about for next year...
Roll on tuesday I say, even stoner said Honda give you all you want and more, Ducati don't, we know this as we have just watched 2 years of proof, finally a statement from stoner I agree with...

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