MotoGP » Rossi: Stoner 'started to hate me' after Laguna 2008

“Stoner started to hate me just because he lost. After that, he always seemed to talk about the past, this race [Laguna], because he wasn't man enough to understand that at that time, he lost!” – Valentino Rossi.

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Rossi - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 3:48 AM

well stoner was scared when he hear rumours that might be true I'm back to yamaha...,thats why he retired..,so come back with your honda or ducati

billie_morini - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 3:33 AM

at PLEEZ who wrote, "... ducati still does have the top speed advantage!"

unless we're talking about drag racing, then top speed doth not make a racer. But, maybe you've never raced and don't understand basic fact.

sotrue - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 3:15 AM

@michael, even when yamaha and honda did make better bikes, stoner still pulled off 3 wins and 6 further podiums in 2010 on a WAY inferior ducati. Rossi then hopped on that same bike, realized he wouldn't have any success with it, then tried to change it as quick as he could to get himself of the hook of criticism for not replicating stoners success. the gp11.1 was worse, and the pressure of failing on the same bike as stoner was off. and rossi never put nearly as much effort as stoner into riding the ducati either. abraham and barbera are the only holders of the ducati top speed records. pathetic.

moaner - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 2:53 AM

Stoner fans should understand that Stoner's biggest enemy is himself and his own actions.

He is widely considered to be the fastest, most talented rider ever. He would also had been considered a better person and the greatest rider ever if he could display some semblance of temperment, consistency, a cool head, a better level-headed application of his own enormous unmatched talent - hence putting together a string of continous titles, shutting up people who said it's bridgestones, top speed, etc and not his talent.

He could have defended his title with Ducati. Same with Honda. Behaved better overall.

However, that didn't happen - you cannot blame people who consider him a sour mouthed person, a one-hit wonder who strikes it off only when things align perfectly.


December 14, 2012 2:37 AM
Last Edited 1232 days ago

you only have to read what the press were saying about the pair back in the day to understand why Rossi is still fixated on his victory over Stoner in 08

" On September 23rd in Japan Stoner secured Ducati's first MotoGP World Championship, becoming the first rider in more than 30 years to win the MotoGP title on a European made bike. He was also the second youngest premier-class World Champion after American legend, Freddie Spencer, who won his title in 1983 and at the time was 84 days younger than 21-year-old Stoner. The Aussie even made Valentino Rossi look inept - an unthinkable situation heading into the '07 season."

Ouch! that must have hurt

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