MotoGP » Valentino Rossi stamps out Suzuki speculation

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July 31, 2013 9:56 AM

The part of the argument i dont get is why does he need to be a development genius. Many great riders through the years won titles on the best bikes - its about the rider and bike package. it doesnt take anything away from his achievements for me.


July 31, 2013 10:14 AM

Same old crap getting posted here, again!

What did anybody else achieve on a Yamaha in 2004?

Checa managed a single podium finish and Melandri got two thirds on the M1 after which his season disintegrated. Compare that to the year he had on the V5 after he'd switched teams.

Rossi made the difference in 2004, whether he's a great development rider, or not is hardly relevant to his results that year. The bike Yamaha turned up with, based on what the feedback Rossi had given them for the 2005 season, was perhaps the best bike on the grid. Remember, it's the engnineers who do the developing, i.e: seeking improvement in lap times by refinement of the machine's design based on what the riders tell them. Ducati, were then and are now, simply unable to pull that trick off. For whatever reason.


July 31, 2013 10:28 AM

"he aint no development genius, only a rider thats a little better than average who has been gifted fantastic machinery pretty much all his life.."

Wow, some people have such bitter jealousy!


July 31, 2013 12:50 PM

Vale won't go to Suzuki - why should he ? If he IS getting good results on the M1 why should he leave and risk another Ducati fiasco?
If he is NOT getting good results on the M1 what is there to indicate that he could do better elsewhere? And if he's not getting good results on the M1, why would Suzuki want him ?
Money is not an issue. Vale is already among the richest sportsmen in the world and willingly took a pay cut to return to Yamaha from Ducati.
Moreover, Vale's future in MotoGP will be greatly influenced by whether or not Jerry Burgess wants to go through all the hassle of a new team again or retire. I don't think VR would go to a new team without Jerry
Rossi to Suzuki ? It's just a non-story invented by Dorna and the media to maintain interest and controversy during the mid-deason break.


July 31, 2013 1:37 PM

As long as vale is racing... i really don't care which team he is racing for.... we will still tune in breathlessly each race day and pray for a miracle...for he is vale,,,and vale comes only once in our lifetime....


July 31, 2013 2:15 PM

Tetley is spot-on in that its just PR and a non-event. You might just as well raise a story that Rossi might have 3 Shredded Wheat for breakfast. At least it'd sell a lot more Shredded Wheat to anxious fan-boys.

Speaking of which.... This is motorcycle racing, not Just 17 magazine or the teenage girly Disney programmes. The post above mine.... can anyone REALLY be quite so sycophantic and love-struck? This "Oh Vale, you're my Hero, I'd do ANYTHING for you, you're my idol" stuff.

Pathetic. If this is what MotoGP is coming to, then its as well I've had enough of the circus. I think I'm going to be ill.


July 31, 2013 3:50 PM


did you met a person who's been lucky for more than decade? and won 100+ win in motorcycle racing?

Don't discredit what rossi does in his career, without his talent, even your the luckiest person in the world you wouldn't win in motogp. he choose what he want in yamaha and he deliver. he left honda with the complete package but still win on a less better bike.


July 31, 2013 7:07 PM

First off, before the staunch doe-eyed defenders of all things Valentino start to get their knives out.... I am not 'anti-Rossi, or a 'hater' or any of that kiddie crud.

But... give it a rest! How many of the Rossi disciples read the man's book 'What if I never tried it'? I mean really READ it?

Rossi's move to Yamaha was driven by his EGO (for which there is massive and overwhelming evidence everywhere throughout his own book). Worked out well for VR - Furusawa & team had done great things with the Yamaha M1 - he couldn't have won on his first outing if the bike wasn't very, very good - no-one could.

His move to Ducati was again driven by EGO - the 'him or me' ultimatum issued to Yamaha over JL. That didn't work out as well.

Stop reading heroics into everything the guy does FFS - you aren't teenage girls sobbing over pop stars, are you?


July 31, 2013 7:22 PM

While Rossi has taken a little longer to get re-use to M1 this season he's starting to look a little more comfortable with it. If he can improve the areas he's having issues with in terms of front end and braking which he should then he should continue to improve on it. If that's the case going into next season to improve from 3-4 place with occasional win to more consistent contender for wins there is no way he'll switch brands in '15.

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