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Matthew Birt  says:

British MotoGP: Damage limitation for Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi ended a miserable debut at the Silverstone circuit with a lucky sixth place as the Italian conceded he was way off the pace throughout the entire British Grand Prix weekend. The 32-year-old finished over a minute behind a dominant Casey Stoner as the progress he's made in recent races at Le Mans and Catalunya came to a shuddering halt...

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Jan 09

Posts: 44

MO62 says:

How Much Longer

You do have to wonder if this situation is resolvable, VR, JB or Ducati will ever get this bike working, is it really possible that a 9 times WC cannot revise his riding style which is obviously required in order to get this bike working or that the technical brains at Ducati cannot translate VR's feedback into improvements for this bike, I appreciate he's getting a monster payday but surely pride would not allow you to suddenly become a mid pack also ran, if he starts hanging out at the back with Elias, Abraham etc, that is a pretty good indicator its not working, there's only 1 bike left on the grid to try Vale, might as well give it a go if this doesn't work by the end of the season, Suzuki will love you for it !!!!!!!!

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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:

Rossi and the Duke

You can't polish a turd.

It seems strange how in WSB, Ducati are dominating with Checa on the sweet handling but underpowered Duke, yet in MotoGP their chassis is nowhere near the other teams. It simply isn't consistent enough.

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Sep 10

Posts: 833

CBR11X says:

The Ducati over the last 3 or 4 years has had a too rigid frame to be any good at tracks like Silverstone. Rossi did well to come in 6th, even though he would have come in around 10th had it not been for crashers. I wish them all the best, it's not nice to see a legendary rider mid-pack but that's life I guess. In my opinion he should never have left Honda.

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Oct 09

Posts: 196

TinkerNZ says:

They have a good superbike.

Take a 1198 superbike, mod the chassis to take a GP engine. And go and win some races. I wish it was this simple. Maybe it is?

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Sep 09

Posts: 31

leegee010 says:

Bin it and start again...

The chassis/frame of the Duke is clearly useless... I dont think it'd be a bad idea to bin the lot and start again. Problem is they wont bother with the 1000cc's kicking in next year... I foresee a long old season for the Doctor.


Again, just shows how much Casey was carrying the team whilst he was there...

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mr zulu


Mar 07

Posts: 103

mr zulu says:

rossi this rossi that.....

honda have taken the step this season that ducati had in the first year of the 800's.Generally its nearly a second faster a lap than anything else.Call rossi want you want but,he will never find that sort of time through talent alone.I'm sure whoever was on the duc this year they would be struggling (stoner included).If you were a small company like ducati,would you you be chucking 5-6 million euros at a bike thats gonna be extinct in 9 months time??? As to all those who think rossi has lost it......your f'kin idiots. 

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Apr 09

Posts: 100

kgb333 says:

Not so strange Ducati

Never for a minute ever believe that Ducati are behind the eight ball in WSB. For all the "We have pulled out of WSB" malarkey, the fact remains that the series is well swayed to their advantage, the way it has always been since the series started because it is owned an run by a couple of Italian brothers who don't mind seeing the home town Mach do well. It also helps to have Charlie Checa on board, but when the talent pool is regarded most the top riders could get the same results on the Duke.

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Oct 06

Posts: 587

Eddy998 says:



No need to "bin it" just bring back Stoner!! haha. The main problem, in my opinion, is that Rossi can't get the best out of the bike, for some reason. Hayden is doing much better and the slated Karel Abraham is, on a non factory bike doing wonders. Maybe they should give him Rossi's bike and see what he can do? The most likely candidate to replace Stoner was Simo, his riding style would have suited the Duke. Rossi and the Desmo aren't going anywhere, unfortunately. Ducati have made a big mistake in signing Rossi this year. They should have looked for someone else. Stoner on the same bike was winning a lot of races and so far Rossi has been more than average. If they want to win any races this year they're going to need someone else on another factory bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oct 09

Posts: 198

ThePornstar says:

Moronic colonic?

Rossi is 4th in the championship only 15 points behind Dovi, so regardless of how shite the bike is he is still outperforming Hayden, Abraham, Barbera, De Puniet and Capirossi over the rounds so far. What is it with all you armchair haters? Stoner will walk it this year as he is the fastest rider, the Yamaha is past it's sell by date and poor old Dani is out of the hunt. I was sat in the stands and you could see how badly the Dukes were handling, the only one that was working was Nicky's and even he had a slow start.

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Oct 07

Posts: 1302

hugelean says:

Ducati and Casey parted company for a reason and it wasn't because he was kicking ass on the duke. Considering how well Stoner is going on the honda it says a lot about the duke that he couldn't beat Rossi or Dani who both missed several races and Rossi rode the entire season injured last year.. Rossi despite this weekend is having a better start to this year than Casey did in 09 and 2010.. All this copying Stoners style would have got you at best last year 4th, this year with 3 hondas quick instead of one would have got you 6th at best... simple maths.. Ducati aren't trying to get a couple of poles and a win once the title is decided they are trying to make a yam/honda, ie work for anyone and can regularly turn up at the track and be competitive with a number of different riders. Would never have happened for whatever reason with Casey or it would have by now.. Big dreams and great ambition at ducati . Things will have to change and it will take time but they will pull it off. Just a glitch this weekend but still in 4th in the championship. Stoners fans want to worry more about how a fit Dani will make honda and Caseys results look I suspect no better than any other alien on the honda.....

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