MotoGP » Rossi: Marquez can be the greatest ever

"Marc is me but upgraded - the new model!" – Valentino Rossi.

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July 23, 2013 4:22 PM
Last Edited 1012 days ago

No one will ever compile more wins and Titles than Ago. He was able to ride in 2 classes at each race, thereby potentially doubling his score.
His 54 wins in the 350cc class netted Ago a further 7, yes seven, Titles. How is any rider going to get round that???

Rossi knows that.


July 23, 2013 5:19 PM

Marquez is very good and has the potential to be great. But Honda is also the best bike right now hands down. The Yamaha has fallen back a little and at some tracks can compete. While MM has done very well this season longevity is tough. Let's see how he does when other bikes gain advantage or another young gun comes in to compete or after a few injuries then let's see if he can stand the test of time. Not many can.


July 23, 2013 5:34 PM
Last Edited 1012 days ago

Rossi like's the new top kid and see's a bit of himself in him. No problems or mind games. Rossi's plan is to get re-comfortable with the M-1 this season and to again become competitive consistantly then make a stab at the championship next year if not this year. It looks like he's still not 100% confident in the bike or able to take it to the max but if he can hopefully we'll see some more magic before he retires. He also looks too happy to relinquish positions which isn't a good thing, I would like to see more fire out of him. Is the desire fading?


July 23, 2013 5:41 PM

I'm afraid that so many MotoGP fans have become like football fans.
Kids picking teams they have never seen or live near to support, like Man U or Chelsea. They choose them because they are the biggest, best-funded and have advantages over rivals helping them win. Far nicer to root for a team with resources SO far ahead of most of their rivals that only 3 or 4 of them really have a good tilt at the League Championship.
So it was with Rossi, and so it is with Marquez. In fact, upon Rossi's retirement, chances are that a LOAD of Rossi fans will migrate to become Marquez fans.

Fans want to be linked with success and live vicariously and parasitically off their idol - & don't care if he wins with massive advantages, just so long as win he does. A bit sad, but its just how it is.


July 23, 2013 5:56 PM

@ TalentFan

Or maybe some of us grew up watching Rossi (for example) ever since the mid-90's, and aren't fair weather fans. We have watched him become who is he, and when he had the talent, just as Marquez does.


July 23, 2013 6:41 PM

@ Realist. It was a generalisation, don't take it personally.

I've been following (watching bike GP's wasn't so easy with rural Wales TV channels way back when) since the late 70's with avid interest. I've enjoyed the competition and found more affinity for certain racers sure - but never the teen-idol hero-worship mentality that is so much more prevalent now (just read lots of Crash posts if ever proof were needed).

For me its always been the ones with talent, bravery & style, rather than the best bikes and biggest wallets. So I enjoyed watching the likes of Sarron, Mamola, Mackenzie, Haslam, Cadalora & Bayle just as much as Schwantz, Lawson, Gardner & Rainey. Later on, McWilliams was always a fast trier, and Capirossi on a Ducati was always entertaining. There's plenty more.

Today? Too many teeny-bopper mentalities worshipping one guy (with a Factory bike) while spitefully slating his fellow racers (and ignoring the fact that their hero has an unfair advantage over 80% of th


July 23, 2013 7:40 PM

I see TalentFan's point, but I have to agree with Realist.
There has always been that lopsided equipment advantage to varying degrees. Ago had a huge equipment advantage at times for example. Actually the 500s were probably the closest.
I am a huge Rossi fan and before that a Schwantz fan and before that a Roberts Sr fan. I like a rider that not only has talent but is entertaining with their riding style and love of the sport.


July 24, 2013 3:51 AM

benito and mr fill its a shame you can never really enjoy gp to the fullest extent as to me i don,t care what a rider does before or after a race i have been lucky to see four of the best racers over the years rossi stoner lorenzo and i think mm will also be in this club and dani is very close as well . I judge a rider on one thing what he does on the track thats what i watch for

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