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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Stavros - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 10:28 AM

Just one race moto? Hayden also beat Rossi several times, and neither of them won a race on the Ducati wet or dry. Should I begin to list all the times Stoner beat Rossi on the Duc..

moto - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 10:58 AM

@stavros : yes, hayden beat rossi several times but not on a head to head one on one battle... did you even watch the race? and rossi is on the duc... stoner is on the honda...

rossi is underperformed on the duc unlike stoner who is the only one gel with the duc. and like i said before, stoner is a better ducati rider than rossi.

but is he a better rider overall ? i don't think so.....

because if you want beat rossi, you'll want him in his best form... not his 'underform' on the duc.....
i would like to see them race on an equal bike, rossi on the yam and stoner on honda, to see who is really better.... but sadly we won't see it this year because stoner is retiring....

tommo05

February 20, 2013 11:18 AM

Rossi is a wily old fox, I am sure he has the greatest respect for Pedrosa and Lorenzo, and will wait until he has the full measure of them before he starts to show his hand properly ....then watch out for the sparks !

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 12:05 PM

Ducati couldn't care who wins on their bike let alone that the dynamic duo of bike development leave them with a bike that anyone can win on by the end of their tenure.
Their faces were red enough when people saw their development budget embarrass the japanese companies even before they realised they were worse off after two years!
In the end he neither adapted the bike or adapted TO the bike and being prudent or scared is the same thing in bike racing whether you're racing to win OR being paid to win. There's no place for wiley old foxes (or young ones for that matter!) unless they're gonna give it their best shot.

vlady

February 20, 2013 12:24 PM

Please guys..respect him..
Do u kn0w that any0ne who can qualify on 500cc is a her0??and R0ssi the only one WC on 500cc out there must be a hero..so respect him like him or n0t..

Today..m0toGP is c0ntrolled by electr0nics..riders can't do much..s0 it's pure speed..Vale's advantage is 0ne on one battle..but it's hardly seen n0w..s0 it's clear that he will have difficulties catching Pedo or JLo..mybe a win or two this seas0n is en0ugh to rest0re his pride..

Guna - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 12:25 PM

It seems the mind games are already in full flow within the top four guys and it looks like Rossi is too much careful with his words these days and he is surely underplaying.... When he says he didn't forget how to ride, he actually means he didn't forget how to win... Already mounted pressure on JL by praising him to the limits and the results of these mind games are scheduled to be released during those fierce last lap duels where JL will have VR all the time closing on him all over his rear wheel... That's when the art of pressure handling comes into to play and the weaker gets exposed,, surely rossi has a clicking dynamite in him ready to explode on race day

True - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 1:11 PM

Very true Guna.. Maybe is better for Rossi to change a bit is yellow and put more the 46 with a Fire color because he will be on fire.. He will be mad for the podium Feeling=).. This is will be Mortal Combat stuff..lolol

The best race i ever wach the most exciting the most impossible just ******* AMYZING was Catalunha 2009 and who was the riders?? Rossi and Lorenzo who did the miracle who could be?? Rossi offcorse=).. Best race of the century forget Laguna 2008, this one was the best race and the most fair fight i ever wach

CT - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 1:23 PM

What's all this about “mind games” or “playing it down”?? Rossi's just being realistic, he's assessing his potential very reasonably , what he sais makes perfect sense. You can tell he's happy about the Sepang test, I'd say he wasn't expecting to do as well as he did , he probably thought he'd be a bit rustier on the M1 at first. Good luck to him, the man is a legend.

rabcati - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 1:29 PM

sliderules, its obviously a bit easier to adapt to smaller things like electronics and tyres (which he has been using on the duc anyways) than a botched chassis/engine combination which is inherently wrong! Dovi 'adapted' to the M1 last year but you know he wont be adapting to the red bike anytime ever.

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