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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Slide Rules! - Unregistered

February 21, 2013 7:13 AM

I don't get the hype that people attribute to being able to defend a title!
If anything, it only goes to show how much further ahead the bike was to begin with and we know what happened with the 80/20 theory when applied to Valentino and now, there are at least seven riders capable of winning on a factory Yamaha.
To win first time out is pretty good and to win on a bike that no-one else was able to in 5 years is the epitome of determination and now some might even realise that a win on a ducati in the dry is something they might never see again.

herewego - Unregistered

February 21, 2013 8:16 AM

@ loser46 - What did you want then - an injured rider - or heaven forbid a dead one??? Valentino has said time and time again that he did not feel safe on the Ducati so did not push, did not give 100% as he knew what the consequences would be - obviously some people just don't listen !!

1001 - Unregistered

February 21, 2013 9:07 AM

no matter how many championships he won, when a rider relies only on a good bike he will not get the full respect, but if a rider able to won championship even only single with a non-competitive bike he will get the full respect, especially from lovers and who understands the world of motoracing, for who don't understand maybe only look from statistic

Twisted Facts - Unregistered

February 21, 2013 10:44 AM

"no matter how many championships he won, when a rider relies only on a good bike he will not get the full respect"

So by your reckoning we have to detest Stoner because he had a perfect bike last year and was not fighting for the championship?


February 21, 2013 11:39 AM

Some idiots here must be confusing Motogp with Dragan ball Z or somethingh.. Rossi is not Sangoku that can transform himself him Super warrior and everybody is loss after this, For every win that Rossi had he had to battle a lot, was with Biaggi, Melandri, Gibernau, Capirrosi Etc.. You guys that cry saying that the super stars like Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Stoner wherem missing at this time are totaly noobs this guys where crashing on 250cc and broking bones and Rossi allready was making is legacy of perfection... Then when Rossi gets older and the new riders finaly arrive and still Rossi kick there ass because none of the youngers have more champions then Rossi since 2007 you guys have the audacity of saying that Rossi that is the oldest is no GOAT because he can t win allways??? and what we can say about the youngsters??? Pedrosa dont have one champiom, Stoner the machine could only get 2 and quit with the most stupid excuses, and only left Lorenzo that until now only manage 2 World Cha


February 21, 2013 11:40 AM

Stoner the machine could only get 2 and quit with the most stupid excuses, and only left Lorenzo that until now only manage 2 World Champions... Lorenzo is the only rider that dont have any excuse to fail right now is the younger machine, will he loss the the older master that is allways fightingh and waching youngester after youngerster arriving on this game like is now marquez and bradl.. most of the people here dont think they are stupid 4sure they think was esay for Rossi been so consistente all this years and just Win and Win and Win like he did.. no one until has come cloe to Rossi so shat up your mouth and have respect your stupid people


February 21, 2013 11:47 AM

4sure some people here must also think the Doohan is a noob of a rider, he also dont have any opositian when he win all that years, maybe if Stoner was there Doohan dont win anymore, how stupid can be this comments, if any of this new riders have touched one 500cc and lap has fast has guys like Doohan and Rossi i would kill myself.. This new riders are the Nissan GTR package, is all about electronics and been smart using them

Hemmy - Unregistered

February 21, 2013 12:02 PM
Last Edited 924 days ago

Do you regard Hayden to be a better rider than Pedrosa?

The fact is that since 2006, although both have 2 titles each whislt racing against each other, Stoner has beaten Rossi in every other which way.

Can you give me a reason wh you think Rossi has been a better rider than Stoner during this time, because u can certainly give you 101 reasons why Stoner has done a better job that Rossi.

So go on then XXX (and Vilas :-) ), what has Rossi done during this time that makes him 'better' than Stoner?

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Stop stirring.


February 21, 2013 12:13 PM


like it or Not, if Pedrosa dont get one World Champion he will be remember has one good runner up, but on History even if was with a lot of lucke im the mix at Least Heydan was Motogp Champion no matter what happen.. Hayden can be proud of that at least and if you remember pedrosa almost end the chances of hayden.. my friends is on racing where the pressure is hard that riders have to prove what they can do.. Hemmy Stoner could have done a lot of fastest laps but he never performe so good year after year has Rossi have done on is times.. and Stoner m8 was just an embarressing for Motogp.. What he have talck how he have react to some situacions.. him history i never wach one rider complaining so much and has is time on motogp prove he was no better then Rossi or lorenzo im terms of world champoins.. if you whant to say Stoner is fast and talente he is but he dont have 50% of the mentalaty of riders like Rossi and lorenzo.. also Stoner had all what he whant at HRC and fail badly o

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