MotoGP » 'We never gave up' - Rossi on MotoGP victory return

"We were not sure if we could come back for victory, but we never gave up. We never said 'it's over'" - Valentino Rossi.

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July 01, 2013 10:58 PM

Good thing Rossi keeps the "never give up" attitude. Only the haters want to see him give up, because even though they wont admit it, they know he is still a force to be reckoned with. And most of the haters want easy time trial wins where no one passes anyone, no battles, no drama. Where qualifying and practice is more important than the race.
Me, I like those come from behind victories, so qualifying well is actually not such a good thing.


July 01, 2013 11:49 PM

Human anatomy hasn't changed much in 50 years? Bro what sports are you watching? Bigger, stronger, faster. Every generation. Please find me an example of an "old timer" that could have ran in front of Bolt, or played Jordan, or swam with Phelps. The old days laid the foundation and I give the pioneers that. But...its irrelevant to todays cutting edge.


July 01, 2013 11:56 PM

Motorcycle road racing is 90% between the ears. Proof? Lorenzo riding at the level he did. A person in good physical shape can ride a motorcycle well into advanced years. And the thirties are really good for stamina and clear thinking. A decent work out schedule and all is good if the brain is still willing.


July 02, 2013 4:31 AM
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I think Rossi's tenure at Ducati made me like him more. Why? Because he took it with grace. He realised his faults and he matured. That as well as his friend, Simoncelli's death. So I think a lot of people who hate Rossi need to take a second look at why, firstly. Second point I wanted to add to this discussion was that we should be more specific about bike superiority. 'The Best Bike' should probably be defined as the bike that balances high quality parts and engineering with the best team who are able to extract performance from the bike. Of course, that means delivering the best setup for any particular track. If we exclude tires from debate, since they're all the same now, we simply have to contend with the fact that all these higher-tier riders are capable of riding within 1 second of each other on any track (generalisation). So it really does come down to that bike package/team/setup that makes the difference.


July 02, 2013 9:47 AM

Next couple of races are more important than Assen race, because they have the potential to change the way how this years title fight will look like,, another win by Rossi within next couple of races is surely going to bombard the confidence of others,, then the Rossi factor will again start playing into the minds of front runners which was not there for a couple of seasons...


July 02, 2013 10:48 AM

In a (probably futile) attempt to have some kind of intelligent debate in among the palyground mud-slinging....

Rossi has always been strong in early laps and overtaking. he's often had mediocre starts (like CC seems to have) but throughout in MotoGP, VR has made passes stick early enough when the field is still condensed to improve his position.

Now (before all the kiddies just shout its cos he's the best blah, blah) - could Vale's size be a big factor here? We've heard often how so many riders struggle with full tanks - it could well be that VR's longer levers and weight transfer help him shift that extra 50lbs around better than the midgets & get early lap advantage?


July 02, 2013 11:20 AM

Best scenario ever for MOTOGP:

Rossi comes back and wins this year's title against all odds.

Then HRC gets rid of Pedrosa and brings Stoner back to hunt down the Doctor.

2014 Season starts with Rossi, Lorenzo on a title winning Yamaha and Marquez and Stoner on the Honda. I wonder what that would do to TV ratings... he, he...

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