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Ducati missing the MotoGP rostrum

Ducati has now gone 13 races without a podium finish, ever since Valentino Rossi finished third at last year's French MotoGP at Le Mans.

That is the longest sequence of successive races for Ducati without a podium since they entered the MotoGP class at the start of 2003.

Experiencing contrasting podium fortunes is the factory's former rider Casey Stoner, who has finished on the last 15 MotoGP rostrums for Honda, ever since Jerez last year where he crashed after being collected by a falling Rossi.

Stoner's run is one of the longest of all-time - only Mick Doohan (17), Giacomo Agostini (22) and Rossi (23) have had longer podium sequences in the 63-year history of the premier-class.



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JK - Unregistered

April 04, 2012 3:50 PM

anon - nice baiting comment. But just in case you are being serious, and thats no too hard to beleive if your a Rossi fan of course, the reason Rossi was quicker is because he was riding too fast for the conditions, hence the crash. Its pretty obvious really. Would more than likely have been 18 if Rossi hadnt have knocked him over with his ambtion clearly outweighing his talent. Just think how many it might have been if Stoner was on a Yamaha or a Honda like Rossi. It doesnt bare thinking about really. Just think how many titles he would have too. Scary. Luckily for Rossi and Co, Stoner was stuck with Ducati for a good few years, otherwise we would see the true definition of domination im sure. .

One thing is for sure, when Stoner starts losing, and it will happen one day (as history has proved with ALL the great riders), the detractors/haters of (probably) Italy/Spain's new rider "Mr Generic McMotoGP" , you will defend Casey to the hilt, having seen him at his prime and seen his achievements. The new fans of "Mr Generic" will dismiss what Casey has done (they wil find excuses)and tell you what a "has-been" he is, and how he didn't have to face "Mr Generic" back in the day etc etc. Rossi has been a genius that has provided some absolutely classic races. Casey is the new Doohan. Genius rider and by far the fastest of the new breed. He is THE man to beat in 2011/2012, possibly 2013 too... Stop dissing Stoner, stop Dissing Rossi. they are both brilliant racers in their time. Just 'cos Rossi may be passed his best, it doesn't detract his achievements. One day Stoner will be passed it too, and fans of the new kid on the block will try to discredit casey too... Same old story...



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