MotoGP » Valentino Rossi hails Aragon ‘brake-through’

“I'm so happy because until today I didn't have this feeling in braking, I am always in a bit of trouble. I can't wait for Assen to understand if this is also improved at other tracks” - Valentino Rossi.

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June 21, 2013 8:00 AM

If you have watched MotoGP over the last several years, you will remember all the times Valentino has been "written off", all the times he has been deemed "past it" and all the other derogatory comments that have been made because he didn't win races. The people who made these remarks have always had them thrown right back in their faces - The Doctor has always managed to put things right and prove them wrong - he will again, just give him time!!


June 21, 2013 11:52 AM

Rossi is king, no one is better
Unlike Stoner who claimed it would take 80 secs to fix the Ducati did nothing, Rossi improved it from the poor performance of Stoner to bringing it back to a winning bike before coming back and now he has fixed the Ymaha that PITA 99 broke.

Long live the King


June 21, 2013 8:55 PM

shamarone, you are confusing endurance sport with fast twicth / skilled sport.

Footballers, tennis players, boxers, rugby players, motorcyclists, sprinters any sportsperson that requires fast twitch muscle, balls and reaction speed peaks before they are thirty. That doesnt mean there aren't freaks out there that are still competitive after thirty compared with others, it's just they are not as good as they were at their personal peak. Rossi is well past his peak.

Endurance sport is completely different, you can continue to manage and tune slow twitch and increase cardiovascular fitness well into your forties, it requires, experience and grit, but generally not much in the way of coordination.

Be surprised if he wins a race again, he is up against a group of young and freakishly talented riders. Which is a shame for the fairytale retirement.


June 21, 2013 9:02 PM
Last Edited 966 days ago

Rossi didn't give up after a couple of wins, while bleating about the sport that made him.

oh and it was burgess that made the 80sec comments, and it was about trying to tune out problems on the satellite ducati.


June 22, 2013 12:54 AM

Interesting if this is fact or just BS to overcome a lack of expected performance

@vaniles you need to get your facts right, Rossi did not improve the Ducati nor does the M1 need improving the only one that needs improving is Rossi


June 22, 2013 9:51 AM

Rossi has needed two seasons to shine many times his career. First season learn and adjust the bike, second season win the championship. Coming back to a 'different' M1 after the two bad years at Ducati is bound to require some re-adjustment both to the bike and in his confidence.

I believe that part of the reason there are 4 or 5 'aliens' now is that the bikes are much easier to ride and therefore the rider makes less difference. Not saying they are not extremely talented, just that not all of them are 'GOAT's (Colin Edwards). Let's not forget that Vale won World Championships on the 'untameable' RC and the 'hasn't won anything in five years' M1.

IMO watch for some wins later this season and a good showing in 2014.


June 23, 2013 1:46 AM
Last Edited 965 days ago

re: "shamarone, you are confusing endurance sport with fast twicth / skilled sport."

and someone's confusing Usain Bolt with the "bolt" that holds together a Ti connecting rod. ya know what freddie spencer calls people who are fast twitch...? CRASHERS...!

re: "That doesnt mean there aren't freaks out there that are still competitive after thirty compared with others,"

I don't think biaggi, checa, bayliss, etc. appreciate being referred to as freaks. though hizzy (if he were here, RIP) prolly wouldn't care one way or the other.


June 23, 2013 11:23 AM

" shamarone - though hizzy (if he were here, RIP) prolly wouldn't care one way or the other."
I agree with your sentiments, but maybe not quite with your example. Hizzy truly was an amazing rider on his (many) days, but his Achilles Heel was that he could sometimes allow himself to become dispirited where others would have not been. Real racing talent, though.

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