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Rossi wants fans to stay realistic at Misano

Rossi returns to Italian soil eager to do better on the Ducati than he managed at Mugello earlier this season.
Valentino Rossi says his loyal fanbase shouldn't get their hopes up too high ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano as he prepares for his much anticipated home event with Ducati.

The seven-time 500cc/MotoGP champion has endured a series of high profile struggles since joining forces with Ducati this season, not least at the most recent Indianapolis Grand Prix when a qualifying crash and race day gearbox problems consigned him to a distant tenth place.

Turning his attentions to this weekend's event at Misano, Rossi admits he would prefer to be making his first visit to his local circuit as a Ducati rider with a better run of form behind him.

With this in mind, Rossi has told fans to be prepared for results that 'won't be satisfying', even if he has vowed to do his utmost to go beyond the current lacklustre situation.

“We'll be racing in front of our home fans at Misano, and obviously we'd like to do better than we have at recent races. Indianapolis was very difficult, and we would have preferred to arrive here in better shape, but we're aware that much of our work is aimed toward the future.

“For the moment, we must take into account the possibility that our results won't be satisfying, first for us but also for our fans. We're all working at our maximum, both at the track and in the company, and in the meantime, we'll try to do as well as the current situation allows.”

Tagged as: Misano , Ducati , Valentino Rossi

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August 31, 2011 5:14 PM

I actualy believe there is very little between the Honda and the Yamaha this season.The main factor has been Casey. I know that sounds like a fangirl comment BUT i think if Jorge and Casey swapped bikes,Casey would still have just that edge over him.


August 31, 2011 5:00 PM
Last Edited 2125 days ago

This dose not bode well at all.Val sounds very deflated and down trodden.Never heard him like this before but at least he is being honest.The rose tinted gloss has finally been dropped.We know he has been putting on a brave face but now it looks like he is admitting the truth that he cant adapt to that bike.Will Ducati listen to him and pay attention? I sincerely hope so because they didnt bloody listen to Casey when he was battling the big red pig! Get shot of the CF frame before Val tears up his contract and walks out the door!

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