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Valentino Rossi recreates Welkom 2004 MotoGP victory celebration in first official 2013 Yamaha photoshoot.

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jerginz - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 3:30 AM

@roman, I'd say Rossi was a legend UNTIL stoner came around.. lets see during their time together in motogp since 06 stoner has more wins/poles/podiums than rossi, same ammount of championships, they both have an average place of 3.28 in the final standings.. I must be missing something though so please enlighten me..

TommyRuff

January 17, 2013 6:32 AM

@Radu,i see you have come down from the symptoms of yellow fever and are no longer predicting world championships just a few wins eh.
@Dave To the haters...keep it up because there are limited sleeps left before you will have to post with a more humble attitude.Funny you calling for humble pie these past 2 years you have done nothing but bag a certain Mr.Stoner.I look forward to all your excuses after another mediocre season from your mate

vicripoll - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 8:45 AM

@ jerginz if we're going on that basis then that he was a legend til stoner came around, obviously we must have memories like goldfish. Surely when someone earns legend status which you do have to earn, you can't lose it, can you?

Elton - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 10:06 AM

Obviously Rossi is a legend. It goes without saying. The problem comes when you try and say he's the greatest, because Stoner showed up and started beating Rossi regularly on a bike nobody else could ride, Rossi included. And then when And don't give me any of the BS about thge bike not being the same either, the bike WAS the same for half of 2011 and Rossi was embarrasingly slow. Then when the positions were reversed and Stoner was given a good bike and Rossi had to ride the Duc, Stoner simply annihilated Rossi. Thats not to say Stoner is therefore 'greater' than Rossi either.

Elton - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 10:08 AM

I'm comfortable saying that Rossi is definately ONE OF the greatest of all time, and Stoner is definately ONE OF the most talented of all time. Then I guess it's about whats more important to you. Statistics and records are nice, but I like knowing I witnessed one of the most talented guys to ever throw a leg over a motorcycle racing against greats of the sport and winning on inferior bikes. Dovi said Stoner's searing speed changed the sport forever and that he was the benchmark for all GP riders. Guys like that get remembered beyond numbers.

jerginz - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 2:32 PM

@vicripol, agreed so let me rephrase: rossi was well on his way to having legend status until his 2 years at ducati. He did so poorly there and completely failed to live up to even the lowest expectations that, in my book, he longer deserves legend status. If he would have retired at the end of 2010, he'd for sure be a legend.

CRT - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 6:04 PM

@ jerginz,

That makes absolutely no sense, what so ever.

Rossi's dominance of the 990 era alone grants him a "legends" status. I was unaware that Ducati was the final decision maker if someone is granted a status of Legend or not. Maybe we should pull Doohan and Agostini out of retirement and tell them if they cannot win a race on the Ducati they lose thier Legends status.

Rossi could DNF in every race over the next two years, it still does not, and should not take away his past acheivements. Those achievements grant him a Legends status.

wosideg

January 17, 2013 6:04 PM
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Elton says..

"And don't give me any of the BS about thge bike not being the same either, the bike WAS the same for half of 2011 and Rossi was embarrasingly slow."

Go and check lap/race times for 2010/2011.

Rossi was faster than Stoner @ Qatar, Estoril, Le Mans, Catalunya, Mugello, Brno, Indy & Misano.

On his Ducati debut at Qatar he lapped as fast on the bike 2011 finishing 7th as he did the year before, while winning the race as on his trusty M1.

The competition moved on and like we've just heard about the 2013 bike..Ducati stayed the same.

Tough one for some fans to swallow but fact nevertheless.

I use the word 'fans' very loosely.

vicripoll - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 9:09 PM

@ jerginz, right then on your basis then, Michael Schumacher isn't a legend then cos he came back and to be fair that stint in the mercedes was worse than Rossis' two years on Ducati, every sports superstar in whichever sport they're in has a period in their career that they'd rather forget.

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