MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: 'You broke my balls over Stoner pass!'

“You and Stoner broke my balls for two or three years about that overtake!” - Valentino Rossi.

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July 22, 2013 7:25 AM

If they were genuine rivals for the championship, the 'cordial' would soon turn to vinegar.
As it is, MM is a rookie with a world opening up in front of him with little pressure and little time for anything else but learning. Valentino isn't in a position to be critical and certainly can't be considered a serious rival of MM's this season.
People have short memories, when in contention for a title, he continually picked and picked at CS and JL. If the current situation changed in his favour, the old VR would be back in a flash.
I find it funny how their apparent friendliness is favourable once again after the same fans questioned the mutual respect developed between the main 3 contenders last year.


July 22, 2013 7:30 AM

Marquez had been planning that pass for years and he was so far off the track that I felt embarrassed to be watching. Of course the "precedent" was set in 2008 under completely different circumstances on a completely different track, so there is no question of applying standing rules against the maneuver. He was trying that same line on Thursday on a scooter.


July 22, 2013 7:30 AM

@aussie new, mate I'm Aussie too and you are embarrassing. You need to accept that Rossi rode the Ducati near the end of his career after already winning 9 titles. Stoner rode it at the start of his premier class career. He did great on it, but only for 1 year, it got worse and worse as the Yamaha and Honda got further ahead. Why do you think Stoner got off it? (he was sick of falling off it.)
Please realise that after the time Rossi has spent racing he SHOULD be getting beat by younger riders, that happens to everyone. Rossi and Stoner met at different ends of their careers. Yet Rossi still manages to fight for podiums. Shame for you that Stoner packed up and went home.


July 22, 2013 7:49 AM

@ shanefireblade
Much similar to this race Rossi in Laguna 08 lost more time in home straight against stoner, and in other sections both were equally good so stoner had the overall better pace,, but Rossi was controlling the race with his braking ability to stick around with stoner as long as he could,, in all those laps when rossi had the lead before last corner, would break early to prevent stoner from carrying good pace in last corner, so the st line speed of Ducati can't be utilised fully by stoner in home straight, whenever stoner got the better of Rossi in st,, he braked hard and deep in turn 2 to make pass or close gap from behind,, Rossi did this to take out ducati's advantage of st line speed against which Rossi was losing time,, now that's a master stroke in strategy...

Stoner frustrated by not being able to pass or keep the lead despite having better pace, then made a silly mistake and went into gravel which was not even a crash. He handed Rossi a big gap and lost chance


July 22, 2013 8:09 AM
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@ MikkyG
Super agree on what you said,, Stoner and Rossi met at either ends of their carrier, also we knew Ducati kept getting worse year after year since 2008.
After few more years of damage to bike, a rider who is nearing his end of carrier riding ducati is already a bizarre thing.
By the time when people should be wondering how Rossi managed handful of top six finishes with 3 podiums in two years, people were bashing him calling him unfit to ride anymore. Almost everytime he improved from his starting grid position to finish the race...

22 is never equal to 32 in ages(the ages when they rode ducati).
Ducati of 2008 is never equal to Hondas and yamahas of 2011&2012, when ducati completely forgot to develop their bike from 2008, while still living in the glory of 2007.

Go moanet fans ask a 90 year old to ride and bash him for being slower than your so called GOAT. Real real genius people like you all still exist?


July 22, 2013 8:20 AM

Guna4699 .... it was those early braking manoeuvres that stoner was unhappy with not the corkscrew that so many claim , they were dangerous because stoner had to keep avoiding riding right through him just as he had to go right past him into the gravel and tip it when he couldn't brake in time , but it doesn't matter because no matter what vale does its called genius , and when someone else does it its called stupid and dangerous.


July 22, 2013 8:27 AM

@Guna4699, there was no straight line speed advantage in 2008, only stoner accelerating out of the corners earlier to make it seem like his bike had the top speed.

There is no denying that Rossi rode brilliantly against a faster rider in LS 2008. My issue is that the win gets put on a pedestal as a massive triumph when the truth is, Rossi was the one with the bike advantage. :)

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