Thoughts for the day ...
Golly Gee …
Quite a number of MCN’s “regular“posters are MIA today aren’t they? It is a very great shame that we didn’t get them to tattoo their specious & infantile “Rossi good = Stoner bad” comments on their bodies - so that sometime in the future they couldn’t resile from or deny all the “opinions” they had stated as “facts” - before these were exposed for what they were – a pathetic denial of reality based on wishful thinking and sheer bias.
Perhaps the reality is beginning to seep through denialist heads now – Stoner was the only one able to wring the Ducati Desmo’s neck - but it cost him crashes, DNF’s and zero points quite often – when he wasn’t winning or getting Podiums on it. On a more trustworthy machine he has clearly shown in all conditions and on all tracks he is a great rider. You don’t have to “like” him for his ability – just accept it, for a change.
The Brit paper, "The Independent" gets it exactly right …Rossi’s body language said it all getting off the bike in the Pit Garage – not talking, not acknowledging and heading straight out the back with helmet still on, head down and still fully kitted-up - slutted-off beyond belief!
How the once mighty have fallen, Icarus-like, when hubris exacts its price. In his heart of hearts Rossi well-knew he was only really good for 9th. Here is an “alternative” view from outside the motorcycle mainstream media who don’t have to play the game and toe the in-house line to preserve future MotoGP relationships …
“The Ducati technicians were lost at Silverstone, and couldn't provide their expensive new signing with a bike that handled. Rossi finished 1min 4.526sec behind Stoner, in a sport in which a mere second can be an eternity.
"I'm slow on the entrance to corners, and I can't ride the line that I want," the nine-times world champion complained. His team manager, Vittoriano Guareschi, was honest enough to admit: "We can't put enough heat in the front tyre, whether we use the hard or the soft compound, and it doesn't give Valentino the confidence to push."
Even though Rossi has now climbed to fourth place in the championship, one can't wondering whether made-in-Bologna toys will start to fly soon if this supposedly all-Italian dream team doesn't achieve regular podiums soon.”