MotoGP » Rossi 'happy, competitive' and ready for Qatar


“I am happy about the test; I was competitive all three days so I think we can be competitive also for the first race in Qatar” – Valentino Rossi.

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kiwibob - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 11:24 AM

Wow one test week and rossi is back im not knocking him but i still believe he will be up front but not at the level of dani lorenzo and MM on dry tracks . Hope he is but will wait and see .

TalentFan

March 27, 2013 12:18 PM
Last Edited 512 days ago

All this confidence & tub-thumping about Rossi winning the WC and winning lots of races is all well and good. Ok, you're showing absolute faith in VR and there's no doubt in your minds. Great.

Its the no doubt bit that (IMO) undermines the ability to take the comments & the posters seriously. The very fact that VR evidently HAS direct competition means a sane person has to accept that VR NOT winning is a possibility.

The thing is.... just what equally creative things will these VR Disciples come up with to excuse their boldness and posturing if VR doesn't blow them all away? All or nothing - by seasons end the Zealots are either going to be able TO crow, or have to EAT crow IMO.

Auflawsi - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:56 PM

@ herewego how about he wins a race first THEN we'll talk about the championship. And since you're so confident in him, I take it you're accepting the bet that he'll win 5 or more races this year, right?

billace - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:59 PM

Ausirossi,
If you are going to talk about injuries in 2010 you can't ignore Jorge's. Jorge injured his wrist and missed preseason testing and was not near 100% fit at the start of the season. he had a poor QP and suffered in he first race but carved his way through the field in one of his best rides in my opinion.

Having a lead at all under those circumstances was impressive and Yamaha and Rossi knew it which could have contributed to the drama nd departure of Rossi.

Vale's comeback that year was remarkable. Jorge's results were also. he broke the single season points record while starting the season injured and struggling.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 1:49 PM

Cant quite understand why people think Rossi is over the hill when he is only 34!
Biaggi won the WSBK title at 40!
So did Bayliss if i recall.
You have to look at things logically.There are only 4 bikes on the grid capable of winning races and Rossi is on 1 of them.He therefore has a 1in4 chance of winning every race.That means he should theoretically win at least 4/5 races this season.If his opposition crash out or miss races through injury,those numbers could well go up.So of course he has a chance at the title.You would be foolish to rule him out.

Codger

March 27, 2013 2:01 PM

I would imagine that all the motivation that Rossi needs is there.....to be the best ever Italian. It must grate a bit that, despite his achievements, he is still considered 2nd to Ago. An unfair comparison because a good part of Ago's success was gained in the now defunct 350cc class.

Whether this will translate into wins and Titles remains to be seen.

Last year the wins were spread about and it was second places that earned the Championship. That could happen again this year. In 2006 Rossi got more wins than Nicky, but Nicky got the Title. This could be a good year for us punters.

Warrior - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 2:02 PM

"Cant quite understand why people think Rossi is over the hill when he is only 34!

Biaggi BARELY won the WSBK title at 40!"

Rossi broke his leg under pressure to catch the way faster and way younger Lorenzo.

Bazx7r - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 2:40 PM

Comparing past and present riders is all academical really, Bikes, tyres, tracks etc are all different, Take John Surtees for example, Can you imagine a modern era rider having the strength and stamina to race and win a Moto2 bike then go on to do the same on a MotoGP macine? Also there where only 8 races a season instead of the 18 today. Who knows how this years championship will pan out, everyone thought JLO had it in the bag mid season until DP had his late surge. Rossi, shopuld win races this year, may even win the championship, but whatever does happen, he'll keep JLO and DP honest. Knowing that neither of them like to dice, just the knowledge of him stalking them will disrupt their metronomic lap times enough for him to be in with a shout.

Realist

March 27, 2013 6:01 PM
Last Edited 512 days ago

@ Warrior

You are obviously somebody who just tuned in to GP's.

@ TalentFan

The most reasonable fans know that this season is a 3 or 4 rider battle, and not one of them will walk this WC. Like another poster said days ago, it will come down to kit, consistency and a little bit of luck. The rider who manages to maintain the three will win the WC. I'm not doubting that Rossi can win this year, but I'm also not silly enough to think that JLo, Pedrosa, and to a lesser extent, Marquez are incapable of taking the WC as well. My heart goes out for Dani though. I want him to win. I feel like he deserves it.

@ 99 and Codger

Well said! People act like “wins” are the only ways to win a WC.

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