MotoGP » Ducati set to kick-start post-Rossi era

Ducati will take the wraps off its latest MotoGP contender at Wrooom 2013, with Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden, Andrea Iannone and Ben Spies all in attendance.

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Sebastian - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 5:03 AM

right so if Ducati does well from's Rossi's inputs. give me a break.

Carpirossi, melandri, stoner, see have all sat on the same saddle and only Rossi and his circus has the right inputs.

Ducati paid big money to win. he wasn't able. so period.

not to discount his accolades and talents but this is really fanboy talk...


January 15, 2013 8:35 AM

There wont be anything left of previous riders' input Sebastion.
If Ducati listened to Rossi and JB there will be some upgrades incorporated in the 2013 bike. If they work then it will be down to them. If they don't work then it will still be down to them.
We mustn't forget Nicky's imput too.

Dovi will get the bike working in my opinion although they'll still be behind Honda and Yamaha.


January 15, 2013 9:11 AM

"By all accounts it was him or me because they sought to cut his wage to give to JL after having won back to back WC. And as for running scared, back to back in 2008 and 9 against JL, Dani and Casey"
Posted by AusRossi to state that VR was not trying to avoid JL.

Then explain away why Rossi vetoed Stoner & tried to with JL, then tried to oust JL? There is clear strong evidence there that Rossi was making all efforts to keep a strong teammate out at Yamaha! Facts my friend.
IMO a racer should not duck a challenge or care who his teammate is, as he should be happy to face anyone. This goes double if you are 'the best'. Note also that JL has not vetoed Rossi, nor demanded he gets better equipment on Rossi's return (to his credit, also smart, as JL knows VR will have no excuses if JL beats him IMO).
All says 2 things - that JL is confident that he can beat VR fair & square, & that Rossi was concerned that CS & JL were able to beat him (and he was right IMO).


January 15, 2013 9:21 AM

The fact that Rossi used politics and clout to try to influence who his teammate is, is one of the things that diminish Rossi as a great champion for me.

A great champion would fight his battles on the track, and be happy to take on all-comers for his crown and No1 status in a team. That way he will know (as would fans) that his victories and No1 team status were truly deserved. You don't stamp your feet and demand that you get a nice safe teammate.

I'm not making this stuff up. Rossi is on record stating that he made these demands and was p***ed off with Yamaha for hiring a strong rider in JL.

Is Rossi a great rider and champion? Yes IMO. But only a blind fanboy would ignore his flaws and behind-the-scenes politicking to further his own cause as well.
Sorry to be off topic again!

billace - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 12:26 PM


I want to add a point about equal team mates. JL's new contract for 2010 included data sharing. He knew Rossi had an advantage over him and wanted a chance to compete on an even playing field. He didn't say "I am the future, Rossi must go". He just wanted the same advantage Vale had,knowing where a close rival was strongest and weakest on the track.

Vale decided that rather than hand over his data "Jorge should find his own way" and put an end to data sharing. In 2010 Jorge missed preseason testing due to injury. Suffered at Qatar from his injuries and was on the back foot at the start of the season while "finding his own way". he still quickly got up to form and had Rossi's measure.

Yamaha allowing data sharing, "Him or me", pay cuts all had to bother Vale and he jumped to Ducati. Jorge is clearly confident he will beat Rossi head to head in an equal environment.

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