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Rossi: Stoner never forgot Laguna 2008

Rossi - later on the receiving end of Stoner's “did your ambition outweigh your talent?” comment after a clash at Jerez in 2010 - feels his relationship with the Australian was never the same after the Californian encounter.

In the latest issue of Dainese's Legends magazine, Rossi is said to have 'mischievously' commented: “Stoner started to hate me just because he lost [at Laguna]. After that, he always seemed to talk about the past, this race, because he wasn't man enough to understand that at that time, he lost!”

Rossi went on to win his sixth premier-class crown in 2008, then a seventh in 2009, before breaking his leg during 2010 and making an ill-fated switch to Ducati the following year.

Reflecting on the evolution of MotoGP, Rossi feels that the sport and its competitors have now become 'too serious'.

“In the last few years, the sport has become too serious and so have the riders. In the past, it was more just about bravery but now everybody is more serious and very athletic. They diet and train a lot and don't have a normal life. I think it's important to be able to have fun too!”

Winless since 2010, Rossi is returning to Yamaha for next season, where he will attempt to revive his career alongside reigning double champion Lorenzo.

The Doctor will be 34-years-old by the Qatar opener, but says his addiction to winning is as incurable as ever.

“The taste of the victory is different from all other things. It's like a drug. This is the main reason for racing. Unfortunately, it's very short-lived - only three or four hours - the next day, you need more. It never stops.”

Rossi holds the all-time record for premier-class wins with 79 since his debut in 2000, but his most recent win was at Sepang 2010.

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December 11, 2012 2:04 PM
Last Edited 494 days ago

The worst time for Rossi to bring this up, he's been on the Duc for two years with way more support than Casey ever had while he was there and what exactly has Rossi achieved on the Duc ?

mike - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 2:11 PM

I think Stoner hated Rossi way before then. Maybe because Rossi was having fun, and Stoner wasn't? In response to earlier comments: 1) You pass where you can in order to win: that's what they're paid to do. 2) Stoner best / rossi crap for 2 years etc etc. Stoner was good on the Duc for 1 year only. They had different tyres, and about 20kph more than the other teams. Comparisons between the two could only be drawn if Stoner had won on a privateer 2-stroke ( as per Rossi ). That will never happen so the argument is void. Yes Stoner was FAST, but did he have the mental strength? I think not...... That's where Rossi is certainly superior, maybe because he was having fun?! Stoner Rossi war will never end :-)

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