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April 03, 2012 12:09 AM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: And the winner will be...

Lets put things into perspective, even for the most die-hard Rossi fans, if you had to bet with real money, e.g your mortgage, would you put money on Rossi or Stoner? Qatar is Stoner's second home track, his second Phillip Island. Prior to Stoner's MotoGP arrival in 2006 - Rossi was the dominant rider at Qatar. However in 2006, in his first year and just his second MotoGP race, Casey Stoner put the LCR Honda in pole position ahead of the mighty factory Yamaha and Hondas. His record at Qatar since is unmatched by any other rider: 2006 - Pole, Satellite LCR Honda 2007 - Win, Ducati 2008 - Win, Ducati 2009 - Win, Ducati 2010 - Crashed while leading. The Ducati front end let go 2011 - Win, Honda Four wins from the last five Qatar GP's. Stoner was leading comfortably in 2010 when, for once at Qatar, the Ducati let go and he couldn't over-ride it's limitations.


March 26, 2012 12:59 PM

MotoGP » 'Pleased' Valentino Rossi bins 'bad setup'

Liam said "to all stoner fans....remember laguna seca? haha" Of course we do. Those were the good old days, who could forget the beautiful red Ducati in all it's glory, the bike that had no right to be anywhere near the front, let alone challenged for poles and race wins. Still, it required some 'special' riding tactics from the best handling bike to beat it. Oh those were the good old days.


March 26, 2012 10:56 AM

MotoGP » Stoner: We can still improve the bike quite a bit

@wosideg Remember this classic from Rossi in 2010? "Stoner does not make the same effort as Lorenzo and Pedrosa, he does one lap out and comes back in. You can never tell what the bike is able to do over the distance. It's hard to judge the potential of Ducati because Stoner is not riding it hard enough" That Rossi rubbish, the same rubbish you speak about was put to bed in 2011. Maybe you know Stoner better than his Honda boss who said.. "... he's always sensitive, very aware and able to take extreme care over the smallest details. In fact, this causes a huge amount of work for us, responding to every little thing he points out. But every time we do, the result is clear, he gets better times from the bike. It's all worth it, this is the kind of rider we like."


February 17, 2012 11:08 AM

MotoGP » Ben Spies: 'Scary' Stoner can be beaten

In another tweet, he (Rossi) posted a tweet to Ducati, saying "Thanks for the wishes, this year we'll uphold the honor and name of Bologna of Ducati around the world!" - From MotoGP website Posted by RJ46 - Unregistered (30 minutes ago) -------------------------------- Impossible, Rossi flushed Ducati's reputation and the honor Stoner built down the toilet in 2011. It was embarassing and humiliating to Ducati on a massive scale. However, the fact is, through sheer arrogance, Rossi burnt his bridges with Honda and Yamaha - there is nowhere else for him to go in MotoGP other than suck up to Ducati and hope for another 2 years contract after 2012.


February 11, 2012 4:22 AM
Last Edited 1539 days ago

MotoGP » Rossi: Stoner, Lorenzo ahead but podium possible

You have to think Rossi fancies his chances at a win or two this season. I think he's trying to keep expectations low and deliver high rather than the opposite to avoid another disappointment like 2011. It'll be a long season, all it takes is for a mistake or a little bad luck to happen to someone leading and Rossi could be in for a win. These guys are so competitive, even Stoner on the dog of the Ducati truly believed he could win every race on that bike. I think Rossi has the same self-belief, but he's not expressing it so outwardly now, just in case it comes back to haunt him. He's probably learnt a thing or two about humility since his move to Ducati.

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