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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Forzavalentino - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:44 PM

@ times moved on
An eloquent and well thought out post and you are right on a lot of points but I will say that the lap record for Valencia was rossi's until this weekend and I too hope or even pray that he can still do it at his time of life. I will say that the bikes have moved on aswell allowing the times to improve with them. The pace they are running on the quicker bikes is completely relative to times Rossi used to run on a slower m1.
Fingers crossed!!


November 11, 2012 8:08 PM

@ lost it

Yeah, and they lost time too. It's just silly to assert that Abraham and the other CRT's that rarely (if ever) cracked the top 10 ALL SEASON LONG are suddenly better than Rossi because of the Valencia race......a race with all sorts of shenanigans occurring. It was an anomaly. Enough said!

Bring on Tuesday....

Rossi should easily be in the top 4.

brendan - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 8:13 PM

end of the day this guy kicked everyone on the way up. You lot cant complain if people have a pop when he is down. you give it, then you should take it.

Considering what he is being paid todays performance was totally unacceptable. isnt he meant to be a world champion?


November 11, 2012 8:17 PM

How did Ducati not listen? The completely redesigned last years bike, which was winning when Stoner was riding it, at the bequest of Rossi and Burgess. They abandoned the engine as a stressed member. They built an aluminium swingarm when they complained about the carbon fiber one and then and built a new carbon fiber one when they complained about the aluminium one! They had at least 4 different engine designs. This year they redesigned many components after the first couple of pre season tests. So much so that the satellite Ducatis, which were the original 2012 design, were radically different than those ridden by Rossi and Hayden. I will take that 100 euro bet that he goes a second faster on the Yamaha as long as you pay 200 euro if any of the new Ducati riders go more than a second faster than Rossi's best of the weekend.

jake - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 8:30 PM

Good post mate,but you left out the main change to the bike,A new aluminum twin spar frame,it most likely slipped your mind. cheers

RiRi - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 8:32 PM

Well, obviously it is the end of very sad story.
Vale and Ducati, the marriage of dreams, short painful life and inglorious divorce.
Hopefully the new beginning starts for both sides on Tuesday.
Who is the best driver, who is the most popular and who should retired, it is of a lesser meaning. This is just point of view.

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