MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: One of my best victories ever


'Today was something special, this is one of the best victories in my career' - Valentino Rossi

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Jamesy73

June 30, 2013 9:35 AM
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@ Samas
Geoff Duke was a great rider of that I have no doubt..Not that I was around to witness it, My father pointed this out to me, Who was far more aware of bike racing than I was, But there are massive differences between Racing now and racing then and of course it is impossible to compare, All you can say is stats speak for themselves and those riders you mention, Even the legendary Dunlop can not be compared to Rossi, Just like you can not compare Rossi's TT stats to Dunlop or Duke.

Your opinion is subjective, Like mine is also but when it comes to world championship racing the only one comparable to Rossi is Agostini and that is about it, Of course Ago is supreme with tiltes and overall race wins, Though better than Rossi? I doubt it. Once again my opinion.

Also imo, back then when Duke was about, You had 1 or maybe 2 standout natural racers against more average joes, Continue.....

Jamesy73

June 30, 2013 9:41 AM
Last Edited 289 days ago

Continued....

Now you have full fields of finely tuned athletes, That are designed for racing with-in tenths of each other at ridiculous speeds, My thoughts still stand, even after 30yrs of Motorcycle racing and that is no one has come close to laying a glove on Rossi. Your opinion is valid to some extent and one I respect, Though it is foolhardy to compare the likes of Duke and Dunlop or even Hailwood to Rossi.

Also, Across all disciplines of racing that Valentino has competed in, He has won 107 races out of 284 starts and a total of 180 podiums at world championship level and not including any club racing done before hand.

TheBiscuit

June 30, 2013 10:33 AM

a fantastic race coming from one of the yellow brigade, vale haters feel free to call me fanboy etc. also well impressed with j-lo, hard as nails. reasonably impressed with cal, if he can just sort out his starts he could easily be on the top step.

slightly off topic, but what gives with the telly coverage???? bbc had it on red button. im with virgin so red button does not work so cant watch the race live. have to wait for eurosport delayed coverage, and then even then it doesnt come on at the time advertise. it was nearly bl**dy dinner time before i got to watch the race. AND the two eurosport commentators ruin it because its obvious the 'commentary' is not live and they already know the result. after a few laps i knew vale had one because of the stupid insinuations in the commentary.

anyway, hats off to vale, jlo, mm, cal and the rest (well, most of the rest) for giving us a decent gp race. there is hope yet that the series will not be so much of a procession. and to top it off,

samas

June 30, 2013 10:58 AM

@Jamsey.
Oh no not the 50s there were many great racers in the 50s many more than the 60s and early 70s.
All the major works teams pulled out of the senior racing leaving MV with no competition whatsoever and the reason why Ago, who was a great rider would not be on my GOAT list he himself said ( got it on tape) Hailwood was the greatest. After 68 Ago had NO competition Not in the 500ccs until the Japs got back in the game they pulled out of everything FIM destroyed the multis in the lightweights and so the only racing really worth watching in the 60s was ruined. Talk some more later if u are jnterested SBK starting.

benignlyindifferent

June 30, 2013 11:00 AM

While some seem to think this is one final great victory for Rossi, I disagree. At the last major test, they found something in the set up that allowed him to brake later and more controlled, and this was where he had been losing time. With the new set up, he was fast in practice and wins the race. I personally think he will be competitive in all races going forward, but we must understand that Marquez, Pedrosa, Lorenzo are probably the strongest competition MotoGP has seen at one time.The remaining races will be great fun.

Jamesy73

June 30, 2013 11:57 AM

@ Samas
I missed the Hailwood Era by a matter of years and I can only go by what my eyes see. I can't link the blog I was going to post up but do A search for Hailwood vs Rossi

The author of that blog is clearly a Hailwood fan and As good and as natural that Hailwood was, I still feel he would be unable to cope with the racers that are there today. So I still think Valentino is the best of all time on the other hand you would argue that Rossi would not be as good as Hailwood in his era.
Whatever the true answer is, These two are the very best, Rossi the best of the modern era by far and Hailwood likewise. Like Senna vs Fangio, It is a question that can not truly be answered by anyone. Your opinion is a valid one as is mine. Continued...

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