MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: I hadn't forgotten how to ride


"I was quite sure that after two bad seasons I hadn't forgotten how to ride. But the way to ride the bike has changed very much" - Valentino Rossi.

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reezal - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 3:42 AM

we surely can hope for the more attractive battle in the season to come,...!
rossi is not only a great moto gp racer , but he is also a real entertainer,.....! go Rossi,...!

Daniella46forever

February 23, 2013 3:34 PM

Come on Vale,
you are in the best years of your life:
34, a real man now,
humorous, smart, very, very intelligent,
in top condition, good looking and
the best rider ever!!!
So, you will win the GP this year,
I am sure!
Go "46"!!!



Codger

February 22, 2013 3:44 PM

Hemmy, just shows how difficult it is to make comparisons, so many things to factor in.

With your point on Nicky on the M1. I have a lot of time for Nicky, underrated rider, and a decent bloke.
I noticed that Nicky nearly always put in just the one fast lap in qually. With Rossi, either he couldn't or didn't bother, but he often showed better race pace in practice.. It goes some way toward explaining the race day performance differences.
Whatever, Nicky deserves a better bike than he has at the moment. His stats would have shown to be better if he had been born in Spain too. I feel for him having to ride a Honda that was built around Dani??

Hemmy - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 2:57 PM

I also agree that Stoner did have impressive stats in motogp (better than Rossi during this time infact), and yes he did finish behind Rossi on 3 occassions whilst on factory equipment, buts lets not forget that Rossi finished behind Stoner fin the standings on 3 occassions too.

Hemmy - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 2:56 PM

@ Codger

I agree that if Pedroas was on the Ducati and Hyden on the Honda, the stats may look different. We will never know which way it would have gone.

I like Hayden, and he truely deserved his title, but to say he is a better rider than Pedrosa with the info/stats/data we DO know, is frankly very nieve.

Thats said, i have little doubt in saying that if Hayden had a shot on the M1, he would be at least as fast as Rossi on it. Hyaden was faster than Rossi round most tracks. The only problem was he mysteriously and ironically lost a few tenths on race day whereas Rossi gained gained a few tenths. But he still managed to beat Rossi on many occassions in an out and out race, something he was unable to do with Stoner.

I also agree that Stoner did have impressive stats in motogp (better than Rossi during this time infact), and yes he did finish behind Rossi on 3 occassions whilst on factory equipment, buts lets not forget that Rossi finished behind Stoner fin the standings on 3 occ

Stavros - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 12:09 PM

@ Dave/Sam/whatever

"1. a contender on a good bike in 05 - DIDNT WIN THE WC

2. still accidents waiting to happen - ASSUMPTIONS

3. different era, rossi @ peak & STILL SAME WC V JLO WHILE ONE MORE THAN CS (HEAD TO HEAD TO HEAD)

I know which of your respective posts is a joke...."

1 Rossi also lost his first 250 season on a factory bike, the difference is he had the luxury of being able to just hang around until he won the title.

2 What?

3 No Rossi is equal with Stoner on titles head to head genius, with Stoner ahead on virtually all measurable statistics like wins, podiums, points etc despite being on inferior machinetry for most of the time.

Codger

February 22, 2013 11:00 AM

@ Hemmy...you invited comments.
It depends on your criteria when asking the questions.
Pedrosa and Hayden? It would look different if Dani had spent a few years riding the Ducati, and Nicky had stayed with Honda.

Rossi and Stoner? Casey put together some seriously good stats in the bigger class in a very short period of time. Yet he still would finish 3rd or 4th and behind Rossi in the Championships.

In Nicky's Title winning year, he was there or thereabouts all year and was sliding the rear as good as anyone. The problem as I see it is that Traction Control has strangled the aggressive riders. Casey, Spies, Crutchlow, Randy D, and Hayden have all suffered to some degree.

Dave - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 7:28 AM

"@ Sam

Your entire post is a joke, and makes me wonder if you've watched GP race in your life.

1 The only decent bike Stoner had in the lower classes was the Aprilia in 05, which he was a contender for the title on.

2 Rossi never raced any of the other aliens in the lower classes. If he had they would have beaten him just like they have been been.

3 To lump the likes of Stoner and Jorge in with Biaggi and Gibernau is laughable. Biaggi and Gibernau were never able to beat Rossi consistently, where Jorge and particularly Stoner both have a superior record head to head to head against Rossi despite the deck being stacked in Rossi's favour in terms of machinery and experience for much of the time."

@stavros,

1. a contender on a good bike in 05 - DIDNT WIN THE WC

2. still accidents waiting to happen - ASSUMPTIONS

3. different era, rossi @ peak & STILL SAME WC V JLO WHILE ONE MORE THAN CS (HEAD TO HEAD TO HEAD)

I know which of your respective posts is a joke....

Ausrossi

February 22, 2013 1:45 AM

Stavros

Mate isn't the fact that he got injured the point to win back to back wc you have to go uninjured for two seasons. Not crashing to some extent shows a level skill (and indeed luck but not solely) particularly over two seasons. Stoner crash in 2012 was an unforced error on his part and came on the back of a previous race crash while trying to beat his team mate. Also muppet you are likely to have been one of the people saying Rossi crashed in 2010 in practice due to pressure but stoner in 2012 was just an accident.

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