MotoGP » POLL: What will be a success for Rossi in 2013?

What will be the minimum needed for Valentino Rossi to consider the 2013 MotoGP World Championship season a success?

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Sam sham - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 1:37 AM

@sam, or samuel, or samantha, or wutever..
How old are you kid? I've watched motogp for 3 decades, so don't tell me how many titles rossi won in the past.. Or on which bikes he won them.. Or are you just too excited when it comes to dealing with numbers? why don't you just be a well-behaved student in school and make your mom and dad proud!


November 20, 2012 1:49 AM

Haters are always gonna hate. Plain & simple. The fact is that Rossi will indeed show improvement on the M1, but to assume he's a shoe in for the title is a little unrealistic. Dani is currently at his peak & Jorge is as well. Marquez seems similar to Rossi, as he's the only other rider I've witnessed to have obtained a win from so far back on the grid & he's practically still in diapers. Truth is, for us Vale fans, is that we would like to see him pull out the major upset next season, but would easily settle for him battling it out within the top 4 factory bikes, the 2 RCs & M1s. Ducati will most likely be in the same boat, at least through next season, until Audi influence really takes effect. Vale is the 2nd oldest rider on the grid now. Sure Biaggi, Checa & Bayliss won later into their years, but those were SBK titles.

pukka - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 1:54 AM

It's absolutely bizarre to me that there are so many votes for multiple wins. I guess it is a combination of Lorenzo respect (earned no doubt) and realization that Rossi is not the man / champion he once was. TBH I expected the leghumpers to vote championship. TBH that is what I expect. After all the mudslinging and drama of the last two years can Rossi really be expected to deliver any less than another title. When Favre did his on again, off again retirement crap in the NFL no less than another title was expected. When MS returned to F1 no one expected less than another title. I really cannot believe, despite the evidence, that the MGP fanbase expects any less from Rossi who afterall is MGP.

billywiz - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 2:08 AM

"Our main investment is in Jorge and he is the No.1 candidate to be champion both this year and next year. He is our No.1 rider,'' said Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis.
So was Rossi forced on the team? who knows when money talks. Having said that the bloke is probably still capable of winning a race or two and I would imagine him being on the podium more often than not.
I really think that if Burgess and co can prep the bike well enough then Rossi will do well as he is very much a confidence rider, if he feels the bike well enough then he will take risks that no other rider would. If he is not happy with the set up then it could be a disaster ala Ben Spies.

the wood - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 2:56 AM

What a shame about the rained ut testing..Now we will have to wait till Feb to see how much rust is in the cubboard.My opinion is this is make or break for Vale. Someone hit it on the head the other day when they said Rossi was addicted to his own fame and notoriety . Gives food for thought when his challengers are retiring younger than him or talking of retirement yet Rossi now pushes on for records that if he stayed at Yamaha he would have achieved or if he had retired then, his modern record to that date would have ever remained lofty and God like. But ego and injuries have taken their toll which leaves Rossi in an extremely vulnerable position next year mentally and physically. He still has his own personal goals to achieve and unfortunately they are the records. With all the new young blood out on the grid they will show no mercy as they round him up time and time again I feel, showing no respect but why should they? Unfortunately some riders get better with age and maturity such

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