MotoGP » Ducati building up to Rossi debut

Ducati has a rich history in motorsport - but the arrival of Valentino Rossi makes 2011 arguably their most significant yet...

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TCP - Unregistered

March 10, 2011 5:19 PM

It always makes me laugh when i read the anti-Rossi comments on here.... Time and again the guy has beaten all that have come before and tried to beat him, Hell even Doohan couldnt stop the appreciation and acknowledge the talent. And before i hear the ... Stoner this and Lorenzo that, lets not forget on how many occasions he has gone wheel to wheel with them and they failed. I'll happily admit im a Rossi fan and have been for the last 12 years or so, but i still see a guy regardless how slow the Ducati seems at present that can develop a bike, ride a bike and win regardless of competition. I havent seem him drop it yet on the Duke and i cant wait to see him pushing for the wins again this season.

CA - Unregistered

March 10, 2011 8:22 AM

@ Mike Spilligan

MotoGP is the F1 of two wheels and as such what a rider did in the past is of little consequence. To fans and sponsors it is what they do this year that matters. When they line up on the grid a rider's past history means nothing to other riders.
I hope VR does well this year but converting his red bike to a competitive user friendly machine may take more time than what was envisaged.
PS..I agree with another poster in that VR had little choice with which team he would race with in 2011.

Casey for the cup! - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 8:05 PM

4L4N.......why is he having such a nightmare on it then!
And let us not forget,Rossi had nowhere left to go EXCEPT Ducati.He had no choice.He burned his bridges at Yamaha by demanding "its Lorenzo or me".That ultimatum blew up in his face so where was he going to go?
Honda? chance!
That only left Ducati.And now he is on it where is he?
Floundering around in the mid field on a bike Casey put on the podium the day before he handed it to him!
Yes,Rossi had a shock alright,and he is still having one!

Mike Spilligan - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 6:26 PM

Why do people dispute Rossi's achievements and then go on to big up another rider who will probably never notch up the same amount of Moto GP titles. Both Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo will have to win every year now until they both retire to try and match Rossi's record, which is impossible not to mention when Marc Marquez joins Moto GP.

4L4N - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 5:29 PM

Smokescreen my ar*e!
Rossi had the biggest shock of his life when he jumped on that flying red pig last year.
Posted by Casey for the cup! - Unregistered (22 hours ago)
With so many tracks around the world and ways of disguising bikes is there not a chance Rossi could have tried the Ducati first, the greatest rider on the grid didn't get some "massive shock" and then signed a contract for two years?

Realitybites - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 8:44 AM

alaywa, have you ever considered visiting planet Earth? With your encyclopaedic knowledge of motoGp, we really need you here.

Ducati will be wildly enthusiastic to know they had a motoGp WC winning bike in '06, though Honda (and Hayden) might be a little miffed. Stoner will be happy he developed a Ducati while riding a Honda in '06, too. Oh, and Honda's last 'grid stomper' was in '03.

alaywa - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 7:16 AM

All this talk of Ducati needing to develop much faster than Yams of Hondas is fair, but much easier than thought. Yam have a proven habit of resting on their laurels! They even did it with Rossi in 2006 and 2007!
Honda develop slower than the Suzuki, which develops faster only in the wrong direction. Honda have taken nearly 9 years!!!!!! to make a grid stomper!!! And it was built before Stoner showed up, don't kid yourselves.

As for Ducati they are the only outfit other than the VR/JB team that can churn out a WC bike over a winter season! Again don't kid yourselves Stoner didn't produce the 2006 WC Duc.

Put those 2 teams together and you got a serious shot at churning out a winner at a faster pace than Yam or Honda.

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