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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Tommy - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 5:44 AM

Sam, you're the one who sounds stupid. I meant jlo was ahead in the STANDINGS when Rossi crashed. As for pedrosa destroying jlo, correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember 99 winning the title not 26. Oh and I watched a lot of races from 2010. Even the ones where stoner won 3 races on the exact same bike Rossi hopped on, couldn't win with, then changed it and made it worse.

moto - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 6:03 AM

@tommy
i don't think stoner can win if he's on the 2011-2012 duc. it's not the same bike. i still think he'll better than rossi on the duc though. but rossi is not the only rider who is underperformed on the duc. gibernau, melandri, checa, hayden are all great rider and they're to underperformed on the duc. even capirossi on the pramac ducati 2011 was a disaster (capirossi always got a win and a few podium on the duc 2003-2007, exclude 2004)

i am a rossi fan since his rivalry with biaggi in 2001, but to say he made the duc worse.... please.....
the duc has been worse since 2009. yes stoner can stil win, but he crash more and his win is less and less. that's why he move to honda.

rossi didn't made the bike worse, ducati just further behind in development compared to honda and yamaha since 2011 to now... that's why they need a big changes...

Tommy - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 6:16 AM

Ok moto, but that's not my main point. All I'm saying is Lorenzo is too much for Rossi to handle nowadays. He was already better than Rossi in 2010 and has only improved while Rossi was on vacation at Ducati. Last year when he finished a race it was either in 1st or 2nd. I'd say that's about the standard for him this year with stoner out and Rossi back with a jap bike. Is Rossi capable of replicating that? I highly doubt it. He will get some wins for sure but is no title threat anymore. The bottom line is jlo is now in his prime while Rossi is past his prime. His glory days of the early/mid 2000's are over. I will eat my words and be the first to admit I was wrong if he wins the title this year.

stavros - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 6:22 AM

@ moto

You can't have it both ways mate. On one hand Rossi didn't make the Ducati worse, but on the other hand the bike isn't as good as when Stoner rode it which is why Stoner wouldn't have won on it for the past 2 years??

For what ours worth I agree that Rossi hasn't made the bike worse, though neither is it better than when he joined Ducati, as (minus Stoner) their gap to the front is more our less what it has been for years. But by the same logic you cannot rule out the possibility that Stoner might have won races in the last two years as he has always been that far I'm front of his team mates!

moto - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 6:42 AM

@tommy :
i agree with you mate, as much as i want rossi to win a title again, i think is very hard to beat jlo now. i just want to see rossi having fun again in the race and hope he can have some wins & podiums again... i hope he's happy before his retirement...

@stavros :
although i can't prove it, i think rossi can sitll get a win if he's on 2006 to 2008 duc. maybe even in ducati first era in motogp because capirossi style is similar to rossi and capirossi always manage to get ducati in the front runners. but i agree with you, stoner is a better ducati rider than rossi

Dave - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 6:51 AM

Rossi is simply telling it how it is...why so many people knocking his opinion or does one person own the rights to tell it how it is.

The best part is he is not complaining about anything and has even praised stoner, lorenzo & pedrosa.

Love him, hate him or simply indifferent, hes got sooooooo much more class than others even aspire to.

All the haters have left now that stoner is gone and rossi clocked the times he did at testing is to bag every comment he makes referencing the past (but only a select period of the past).

For 2 years we rossi fans have been told to move on and stop living in the past...well...time sorted out whos a winner and who left the arena (and his fans are leaving to, judging by the posts on crash).

SkinnyDave - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 7:57 AM

I can't wait for season to start.
Rossi has nothing to lose-if he wins a few and on podium he will be happy to show he still fast rider but not as consistent as younger guns.
If by some miracle he does win it this year then he should retire straight away on a high.

The battle to watch from 2014 onwards will be Marquez v Lorenzo

stavros - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 8:40 AM

@ moto

I think it's highly unlikely that Rossi would have won on the 800cc Duc in any year based on his performance on the Ducati. Rossi was only very slightly better than Hayden on the same bike, and Hayden was never a front runner on the Duc even when Stoner was regularly on the podium or winning.

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