MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi lights up practice


"The bike was good from the beginning and I could stay in first for a long time... We are already strong" - Valentino Rossi.

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kiwibob - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 12:17 AM

@ Florence nothing like having your own opinion lol i agree with you mostly and b4 any starts saying rossi hater you would be wrong even when he was on duc i said he could not ride it only one man ever been able to do that but i said he hasn,t lost his ability and im sure he will be in the top 4 all season . Good to see CC up there with his new yamaha just hope this season yamaha pass on updates to all yams not just the team ones

Jon464646

April 05, 2013 12:23 AM

@ Florence

I understand you may not have been able to watch all the races all the time. In the UK we have a problem too,
You really need a history lesson, he has won 4 of his Moto GP titles with Yamaha (a bike Biaggi said was rubbish) The other 3 were on a Honda that was leagues ahead of the rest :)
Let me explain it a bit easier for you. Rossi was on the best bike @ Honda. He won the WC 3 times. They argued if it was the bike or the rider who did the success.
Rossi left to go on a Yamaha....be beat them 4 times, the rest is history :)
He is a living legend, not just an old guy living off his reputation :)

bud - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 12:27 AM

Rossi went to ducati and overnight went from being a front runner to mid pack. Now he's back on a yamaha and overnight he's back to being a front runner.

Special topic, the bleeding obvious?

Florence - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 12:49 AM

So at some point, the Yamaha went from being a "bad" bike to a championship winning one and real quick too hence the origin of Rossi and jb's 80 second fix nickname, right? Why didn't they have even a fraction of the success at Ducati as they did at Yamaha? I expected Rossi to at least be a consistent podium threat and get at least a few wins like stoner did in 2010. As you know I'm a relatively new fan but I watched ducati bend over backwards and change the bike for him like 5 times in 1 season.. stoner got a carbon fibre frame in 2009 and that was about it while he was there. But maybe I'm missing something and you could enlighten me..

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 12:52 AM

@ Jon464646:

It's debatable whether the Honda's Rossi won the title on in 2001 and 2003 were leauges above the rest. It is true that in 2002 RC211V was streets ahead of the other 4 stroke bikes and especially the 2 strokes. But in 2001 although on factory machinery and domination in terms of race wins, Rossi wasn't even part of the official factory team, while the official factory riders Criville and Ukawa were nowhere on the Honda bike. By 2003 all the bikes on the grid were 4-stroke and Gibernau inherited Kato's factory bike after Kato passed away, so Rossi didn't have it as easy competition wise as he did in 2002.

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 12:56 AM

@ Florence:

The Yamaha was never really that bad(although Biaggi used to complain about it all the time), it just never had a talent of Rossi's to get the most out of it. A lot of people back then thought Biaggi could beat Rossi if he got his hands on a Honda. People started to realise that Biaggi wasn't quite as good as a lot of people thought when he 1) Rossi Immediately started winning on the Yamaha, and 2) Max Biaggi in 2005 finally got a Repsol Honda and failed to win a single race on it............

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 1:07 AM

........ A lot of people also credit Masao Furusawa the man who introduced the big bang M1 engine at Yamaha for smoother power delivery for the immediate success of Rossi at Yamaha, and while he did help improve the bike a lot, the other Yamaha riders who had been there before didn't become more competitive. Only Stoner was ever able to be consistently competitive on the Ducati, so it was not Rossi's fault that he coudln't get Ducati to win. The Ducati pretty much ruined Marco Melandri's career in Motogp, after he had been a race winner on Honda.....

Florence - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 1:14 AM

@ jjthekid I remember that biaggi got on that Honda and really didn't do much. Back then he was arguably Rossis greatest competition along with gibernau. Neither of them have won a gp championship. With jlo having 2 under his belt and Pedrosa being arguably the greatest runner up in gp history having his best shot at taking the title if he carries his form over from the end of last year along with Marquez, this will be perhaps Rossis toughest year in terms of competition what do you think?

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 1:35 AM

@Florence:

Yeah Rossi definitely didn't face this type of competition back in his early years. Lorenzo himself is a Motogp great, and Pedrosa has always had the speed but at times lacked that little it extra to win the title although he has also had more bad luck than the others.

I think Rossi can win the title as it seems he can still be very quick on a bike that he likes, but it isn't a sure thing by any means. Lorenzo is fast and incredibly consistent and Pedrosa seemed to up his game in the second half of last year. And Marquez is one of the most talented riders your likely to see, so it's gonna be a tough task

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