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October 22, 2011 5:51 PM

MotoGP » Hayden steps it up for sixth, Rossi 'better'

I make an observation in the acrimonious Stoner/Rossi Ducati debate. When Stoner rode the Ducati I'd see the machine wobbling and bucking and weaving all over the shop and Stoner just seemed to stay relaxed about it, accept its antics and just push through them. Sure he crashed a lot but he also won a lot and did pretty well in between. I don't think Rossi is a lesser rider for not achieving similar results as much as I'd like to see them - he is unquestionably one of the world's greatest-ever riders. When you've achieved that standing you don't have anything to prove and by crashing a lot you potentially have a lot to lose. Stoner is a freak to be able to successfully ride the machine and the pressure should be on Ducati, not Rossi, to get the podiums. Man, I respect all these riders for what they've achieved to even get a ride in motoGP.


October 16, 2011 5:06 PM

MotoGP » PICS: Valentino Rossi crashes out in Australia

For the first time today I actually felt a little sorry for Rossi. I heard his post-race comments on and he said (a motoGP bike's) front end shouldn't give up like his Ducati's did and watching the race in the moments before his crash it was like he'd forgotten for a moment that he was riding this bike with this weakness. He sounded quite defeated, disappointed and frustrated by it all and knowing what Burgess told OneHD in Australia suggests the relationship is being strained on both sides. The fact that Stoner still won races on the Ducati with the same well-publicised front end problem is a massive compliment to his balls and ability but I'm old enough now to only puzzle Rossi's Ducati form without being too smart in pointing the finger of blame. I have owned and loved Ducatis for many years, have enormous respect for Rossi and couldn't be happier that Casey Stoner has one championship, but what is happening between Rossi and Ducati seems quite tragic.


October 10, 2011 7:16 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo out to stop Stoner’s Australian title dreams

A reality check for every motoGP fan. Incidents regularly happen and riders often end up with a DNF and some of them with injuries that can see them off their bike for several races, some due to their own mistakes, worse for the mistakes of others and rarely due to mechanical issues. Casey deserves the title for what he has achieved but if a self-induced mistake sees Lorenzo walk with it then he will also be a deserving victor for his tenacity. Until Casey has a deciding points advantage he definitely hasn't got the championship in the bag and Lorenzo does still have hope.

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