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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February 20, 2013 8:48 AM

I might be stupid, but I really can't understand why do people hate VR! A man who gave so much to MotoGP, on and off the track, a man who IS MotoGP! A fair fighter, a good fighter, who brought excitement with his overtakings after poor qualifications (remember that!?)... It was a Honda because he was the best, right? And when he jumped ship to underdog, that Yamaha definitely was, what was then? His only mistake was Du cazzi, 2 wasted years, that definitely might have made him pass Ago in statistics.
Please, please get off his back!
PS: Can't bloody wait for the lights to go off!

Ich - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 9:32 AM

By the way, did he really use the expression "I hadn't forgotten or is it a translated interview?".

It seems a little bit too advanced for Rossi :D

XXX - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 9:44 AM

" but i agree with you, stoner is a better ducati rider than rossi"

What's Ducati got to do with anything? A rider wins a championship while others don't. That's what it's all about. JLo could ride a donkey for all I care but if he wins the championship then he has done his job. Rossi nine, stoner two. Nuff said.

Hemmy - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 9:56 AM

@XXX, thats a really strange way of trying to say who is the better rider.

Stoner had no control over the titles that Rossi won when he was not even in MotoGP.

Its ludicrous to even attempt to use previous titles as a measure on 'who is better'.

It doesnt mean that Ago is better than Rossi beause he has many more titles than him.

So, by your logic, Hayden is a better rider than Pedrosa, right?

Clearly wrong.

A rider can only make an impact on the races they raced in.

Stoner has beaten Rossi many more times than not.

Its not even close. Nuff said.

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 10:06 AM

"But in the last two seasons the way to ride the bike has changed very much, especially the electronics and the tyres,"

Ok then, in saying this he's intimating that he is adaptable enough to go quite quick even with two years away from a significantly changed M1 and go quickly... which he clearly has.
If he's so quick to sell his adaptability, then what happened at Ducati?
I call bs on his excuses and even more disappointing for his fans than simply not having the outrght skill, he did NOT try after the bike scared him at Valencia in 2010 and that is just not good enough.
It's better to been seen trying and failing than to do what he did without some semblance of humility.
There are a significant number of riders good enough to win on the yamaha, but only one who could regularly ride the red bike to the front.


February 20, 2013 10:12 AM seem to forget that Stoner had 2 good years, not so good in other years. Rossi had 2 bad years, not too bad in other years. Jorge outshone them both in a couple of years.

moto - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 10:22 AM

@hemmy : It doesnt mean that Ago is better than Rossi beause he has many more titles than him.So, by your logic, Hayden is a better rider than Pedrosa, right?

but rossi is not just have more titles than stoner, he has more wins & podiums also, just compare the first 5 years of their career. Sorry mate, if you wanna really beat rossi... you have to beat his number of titles and his wins.... in sum, you have to beat his record...


February 20, 2013 10:25 AM

Hello Slide...Adapting to the bike was not what Rossi was hired for, he was supposed to make the bike easy to ride for more than one person. History shows that this was an impossible task.
"It's better to been seen trying and failing than to do what he did without some semblance of humility."
I'm not sure that Nicky would agree, he finished behind Rossi both years.
The missing 'humility', Rossi said (JB too) that he couldn't understand how Casey could achieve what he did on the bike. What more do you want?
Lastly, there is a huge difference between being 'scared' and being 'prudent'.

Sod, Stoner and Rossi and whether they could ride a Ducati, Lets have Dovi up near the front.

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