MotoGP » Mugello: Podium target at least for Rossi

'I am very happy that we go to Mugello. I love this track and I'm really happy to go back there with Yamaha' - Valentino Rossi

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Westminister - Unregistered

May 30, 2013 12:22 PM

Thank you for posting re Hailwood, Sheene etc.
great champions never to be forgotten.
I enjoyed learning more about Barry Sheene after he moved to Australia and provided commentary for Moto GP telecasts.

Keep posting.

R6Ryder - Unregistered

May 30, 2013 6:57 PM

I think its so ridiculous when people say "oh the comp was no good when rossi was winning" come on now! He regularly beat the BEST IN THE WORLD from the word "go". He beat Casey in 2006, 08,09,10 and he beat dani in 06,08,09 and Lorenzo in 08,09 . He was a few points behind in 10' when he got injured. Btw he was currently leading Fp2 when he fell. Came back , still beat Casey that year and beat Jorge a couple tIMES. These guys did not have anything on him BEFORE the injury . After the injury and the switch to Ducati now everyone suddenly says "oh he just can't beat the new guys" he owned them up until the Ducati. Look at the numbers. He beat Lorenzo like 30 of 40 races b4 the leg break. When did you'all start watching? My god! Give the guy a break. Lets see if any of the young guys can still ride at this level at age 34. Nobody stays on top forever. And it is not because the newer guys are just too good. Rossi doesn't push like he use to. That's all I see. Last year he was fastest ride

Roman - Unregistered

May 30, 2013 8:32 PM

A rider should be very lucky to compete in the premier class for 13 straight years, many are gone in half that time. Rossi bagged 7 wc's in 10 years, a feat which will be very hard if not impossible for another rider to achieve. Rossi will be the GOAT until then.
Rossi is still battling at the sharp end while many many others have "gone fishing".

CRT - Unregistered

May 30, 2013 8:51 PM

From 2000 to 2005 (6 seasons) Rossi's average wins per year was 8.83.

From 2006 to 2011 (6 seasons) Rossi average wins per year was 4.33

His average wins per season was cut in half since the arrival of Stoner, Jorge and Dani. If you want to try and convince me that the competition was not as tough in his early years as it is now I'm all ears.

I have no reservations stating that Rossi was head and shoulders above the rest from 2000 to 2006 There wasn't anyone who was better than him. I take nothing away from him, he earned his titles in spectacular fashion. From 2007 on the game changed, the competiton changed, and that's evident by his drop in winning average.

CRT - Unregistered

May 30, 2013 8:53 PM

Roman - Unregistered

Rossi bagged 7 wc's in 10 years, a feat which will be very hard if not impossible for another rider to achieve

You're correct, it will be difficult, since it seems it will be a great while before there is only one "alien" on the grid again.

Euro boy - Unregistered

May 31, 2013 12:06 AM

No one can change the facts that without tough competition Rossi on his titles but as outlined, once the competition caugh up, Rossi was left behind

Remember he hasn't on a race since 2010 and he can't beat his team mate even without a wall

Karma rules

Euro boy - Unregistered

May 31, 2013 12:14 AM

As you know Casey beat Rossi more times than Rossi beat him, a fact that I see you left out .

Why did you not mention that fact?
Isn't that the fact that people are talking about, race win opportunities

Roman - Unregistered

May 31, 2013 5:26 PM

Do you think it might be possible that Rossi himself changed? Any dominant sports figure will tell you the hardest thing to do is keep the motivation. It's my pinion that Rossi got a bit lazy after killing the competition so thoroughly for so long. Hopefully he can be reinvigorated with this years challenge.

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