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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Me - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 5:32 AM

True racing fans can at least take heart that if he fails this time it is him who fails and not Yamaha, and if he succeeds it is the M1 that gets the credit. Even Morgue cannot refute this point.


November 12, 2012 5:49 AM

I also find it really funny that hecklers on expected VR to "ride a risky race" during his last venture on the ailed bike while potentially ruining his chances of a good showing on the M1 on Tuesday. Get a grip! He did what he needed to do....which was bring the bike AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HIMSELF across the line in one piece.

Forzavalentino - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 7:16 AM

Valentino couldnwin end his illustrious career on a ducati that is never going to be competitive so had to get on a competitive bike I'm sure given the opportunity and with enough time he would have loved to have sorted it out but he needs wins and championships Aut inveniam Viam aut faciam I will either find a way or make one
We will soon see if the Rossi haters are right personally I think Valentino will be at most a tenth or 2 off Lorenzo 24 hours and counting
C'mon vale!!!!!

anklecurtains - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 7:43 AM

@ realist
why would lorenzo risk his neck if he already has the title in the bag?
why would pedrosa risk his neck if j-lo's already wearing the crown?
why would stoner risk his neck if it's his last race in GP?
because, no matter what they're there to race and try their best to win, not just potter around like a nanna on her gopher just getting it over the line in one piece. that's not what they're there to do at all.
there is an expectation that 1st race of the season or last, fighting for championships or not, the best riders in the world will be riding their a$$es off. if they're worried about falling off maybe they would be better off taking up knitting.


November 12, 2012 7:54 AM

Did Ellison pit like Rossi had to,didn't think he did but could be wrong.Either wsy,Rossi was the highest placed Ducati in the championship which says more about the bike than anything else,Hayden didn't even get a podium this year.Rossi was Ducati's number one rider and finished ahead of every other Ducacti in the championship,so job done really ! If he now finishes around 5 place on the Yamaha next year then yes,time for him to retire.Now,do you really believe Rossi on a factory Yamaha is going to get lapped in the next 2 years ? He'll probably lap at least one Ducatnd a Paul Bird CRT bike at some time next year.Ducati obviously have a major problem otherwise they wouldn't rebuild their entire team as rumour would suggest.Maybe they should have done that last year.


November 12, 2012 8:45 AM

So many people, (or one person with so many names:)), so desperate to see a rider fail,. Hard to believe really.
So much pleasure in seeing a man lapped, and yet no consideration to the fact that he had the fortitude to stay out there and let it happen. No thought given to the fact that the bike with inherent front end problems had the wrong front tyre on it. A lesser man would have a valid reason to pull in.

I hope Rossi and Dovi have a good test but I don't expect either to be chasing lap records. Softly, softly, catchee monkey.

We have lost one great rider by retiring, why would anyone want another one to fade away? We want more to be up at the front, not less.

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