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Rain sends riders back to the pits at start of Valencia MotoGP test.

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@futility ohh i get you completely but thats why i labelled it a preach because those whom should pay attention to it will just skim past it.....
you have to turn a blind eye to all of it the funny thing as well unless you say something about rossi or stoner nobody will respond even if it is the best question suggestion opinion imaginable.

andcom - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 1:09 PM

Look, we'll just have to wait to see how Rossi does on a dry track to settle this.

It doesn't matter that he just set a lap time half a second faster than anyone did in the race warm up the other day in similar conditions, probably means nothing... probably

The doctor is in!!!

realist - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 1:18 PM

"yamaha can maintain face with lorenzo and potentially get more sponsors in, off the back of the rossi train, to go forward.... when this new era of (ezpalata-restricted) prototypes takes place..."

Fair enough point but we're loosing two years now plus we're going to have two more of Rossi (and his followers!) on top of that so there is going to be essentially a wasted four years as opposed to building on the past two to ease the sport in to a "post-Rossi" era.

Considering the rate of decline that may be devastating, against that however we will no doubt have some sort of merger with WSB which might negate some of the damage.

Hard to know but I think the point still remains that it would have been better for the sport to allow Rossi to drift off in to retirement, as he surely would have without Carmelo's Yamaha deal.


November 13, 2012 1:27 PM

@Codger so what. The point is that every sport needs it's Sheenes and Rossis. Every sport is a business and it has always been so, without the characters who transcend the sport the business dwindles.

Observer - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 1:41 PM

Rossi fans gush in an orgy of joy and frustration, anticipating the release of the messiah from personal purgatory - the devotees all hail the prophet...pronouncing his "undeniable greatness".

It's like a religion from the 8th century...extremists, deluded by the promise of vicarious greatness, commited to Jihad. If you truly believe, some of the "greatness" will annoint you... Or, desperate disappointment, to be repackaged as...envy.

Does Rossi know the burden of his huge responsibility?

realist - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 1:50 PM

"and certainly the most colourful and charismatic persona to have ever thrown a leg over a motorcycle in the world series. "

Absolute nonsense, if you really must judge your motorcycle racers by that criteria than Sheene was streets ahead.

Contrary to what so many on here seem to assume, GP racing didn't start in the late 90's.

Ich - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 2:11 PM

I was around back in the days and still think that Rossi is indeed the most colourful and charismatic persona... At the very least since I am watching GPs (which includes Sheen and a few others).

@realist... hmm not really, in 2013 1 of 2 things will happen VR will either be good and therefore it will lead to a very interesting season of mind games and racecraft... or he will not be good in which case it will lead to a very interesting season of mind games and racecraft without him.... and he probably will retire after that and everyone can jump on his back etc.... its kind of like armstrong coming back to do the tour de france... it brings back the 'spectacle' and thats all carmelo wants.

interesting point on the world WSBK merger. i think this could happen, although it proably wont and will just end up with motogp returning to the 'premier class rank' by dimming down WSBK.


November 13, 2012 3:18 PM
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@ @petrolbonce.....totally agree. I liked Barry's don't give a sod attitude. For a time I lived near the Suzuki factory and would regularly see Sheene going in and out.

My previous post was to point out that Barry remains in high regard while doing the type of things that Rossi is reviled for doing.

To take snooker as an example, where would it be without 'hurricane' Higgins, 'whirlwind' White, and 'rocket' Ronnie. Pick any sport for more examples.

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