MotoGP » Ezpeleta backs Rossi, Crutchlow

“Rossi was winning with Yamaha before and he can be at the front again” - Carmelo Ezpeleta.

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January 10, 2013 4:39 PM

Congrats to you Damien for realising that there is a void left when a certain character left Ducati and their bikes have been midfielders since. Everyone seems to have forgotten that there is a certain manufacturer left out in the cold like some sort of ginger stepbrother since "the greatest" provided results on par with Hayden. As long as the chosen someone is fighting for the podium then that's all that counts in this sport/marketing/x-factor live for the moment, short attention span.....Where was I.... I was too busy looking at my own reflection to remember.....

No, I'm not forgetting to praise No.46. I have no praise left as I'm all out of superlatives today.


January 10, 2013 4:47 PM

re: "Valentino is a big name, he is a hero to many and one of the greatest riders in MotoGP history,” said Ezpeleta. "If he is coming to the podium and winning races it will be very important for the championship..."

...and my wallet. (carmelo speaking take 1)


January 10, 2013 4:53 PM

re: "you know a determined Rossi is a dangerous Rossi."

determination matters not. (yoda voice)

NADCORK (subset of natcork): "No Amount of Determination Can Overcome Recalcitrant Kit".

this is law. rossi's proven this, stoner's proven this, and now spies has proven this.


January 10, 2013 4:57 PM

4th is 'LOSER' if you've got a Factory Yam or Honda. None of these guys should have any other bike in the same ballpark in a dry race.
Its not news, and its not like the factory teams aren't very aware of this. So - there's got to be serious motivation for VR especially (MM may get a Mulligan on account of being a Rookie) to run competitively right at the sharp end.
Will 3rd places and overall finish be enough for VR to justify his ride? Maybe/Probably. Consistent 4th's (esp. off the pace 4th's)? No way would that be acceptable to Yamaha I suspect - they really need VR to be beating at least one of the HRC's for the Constructors title.
Getting beaten by ANYONE else in the field? That would be very bad indeed for VR's rep I think. Nowhere to hide, sink or swim now he's got himself back on that Yam. VR knows it, we know it, the paddock knows it. What no-one really knows yet is how its going to pan out.

Hemmy - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 5:38 PM

Wise words by Ezpeleta, but he's only really stating the obvious. I dont think theres many people that have seriously written Rossi off as a title contender for 2013.

Theres only really 4 bikes that are capable of winning a dry race assuming that they are stay upright and without issues, so if only to save face, Rossi needs to at the very least be on the podium consistently whilst beating Marquez to in the final standings.

Apart from 2006, consistency has never really been an issue for Rossi. Even in his dismal last 2 seasons, he was pretty consistent, albeit consistently poor (except for a handful of times).

I think success would be if he is a serious contender from the get go with at least 4/5 wins, but i think hanging around in 3rd or 4th off the pace of the front guys will not be good enough for his fans.

He he starts getting beaten by the satallite bikes again like last year, it will be a real failure for Rossi considering he has has the bike that he has proven he can ride we

Let it go - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 5:53 PM

I agree that it is alwasy big news and talked about alot when people like Rossi, Loeb, Schumacher makes changes with teams and cars/bikes etc.

But in the case of Rossi it does not make you the best, it just makes you the most talked about. Some riders like that side of it, some dont.

It was big news when Rossi moved to Ducati, and he and his fans said bad things about Stoner before he even jumped on the bike. Then look what happened. He failed miserably.

This is why Rossi is playing things down for sure. At least something good has come from his failure of the last two seasons, and that is that he has been brought back down to earth with a bang. It has affected his ego massively, and thats what hurts, and thats why he has learnt to be humble and respect the other top riders. I just hope that if he does do well, that he keeps this in mind.

The great one - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 6:05 PM

So it was carmelo behind spies's problems. Felt something was out of place when he said rossi will be on competitive bike 2013 before mid-season. He sabotaged the 2nd Yamaha.

Anon - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 6:55 PM

People keep saying that they are hoping for exciting races between Vale, Dani and Jorge. I think Marquez will shock a lot of people, I'd like to see them do what he did in Valencia last season.

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