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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi predicts intriguing title fight

Valentino Rossi might not be competing for the 2011 MotoGP world championship crown, but the Italian says he’s still intrigued and excited to watch the scrap between Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo unfold. Stoner’s fifth win in 10 races last weekend in Laguna Seca extended the Australian’s points lead over reigning world champion Lorenzo to a healthy 20 heading into the...

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Yamaha3358

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Yamaha3358 says:

'Excited to watch'

haha!

At the start of the year though, wasn't it 'Lorenzo and Pedrosa have a 50% chance each' ? I though Sachs and Laguna were suppose to be Yamaha tracks ? Oh well, looks like Honda have fixed the grip issues and Brno can't come soon enough.

Go on Vale, top 5 next time! ..

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Halitosis

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Halitosis says:

Yeah - Right !!!

And if you hadn't got a rush of blood and stupidly biffed Casey Stoner off at Jerez - he would have now been 40 or 45 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino! At least one of Lorenzo's zero points finishes was him crashing-out all by himself ... without any "help" from someone else - like you.

Yet another nothing story about the unknown future with a nil-all prediction from a guy that has been an expensive failure and embarrassment to both Ducati and himself. When he gets himself back on track ( no pun intended ? perhaps Matt Birt should ask him again? On current form that just might be halfway through 2012 ...

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Aajkz

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Aajkz says:

halitosis

and if sic hadnt punted jorge off at assen it would be different still

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Defiant1

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Defiant1 says:

An alternative take on laguna Seca

You will note that ‘Revvin Kevin Schwantz absolutely lauds Stoner and that pass – quite unlike MCN, MM and other Brit ones that instead focused on both Lorenzo & Pedrosa riding banged-up. Does this somehow detract from Stoner’s performance? One headline in MCN even read that Stoner “steals win “from Jorge Lorenzo.
 

To me, it is noticeable that there is STILL a double set of standards going here when it comes to Casey Stoner and his successes – most media failed to note that he too was riding very well banged-up after his Practice high-side @ Turn 11, Sachsenring – a VERY fast corner. He still set Pole and faded to third with tyre problems in the Race but no mention of being battered and bruised too...??? This feeds the chooks and aids and abets the Zombie hordes and is completely unprofessional, biased and “selectively unfair”.
 

See the Schwantz view of the race and the Title chase for both riders here: -
http://www.sportrider.com/news/146_1107_2011_motogp_laguna_seca_race_results_stoner_comes_back/index.html

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Halitosis

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Halitosis says:

Aajkz

You missed the point a tad there, Man. I said that ONE of his zero points finishes etc etc. If Simoncelli had been talking about Lorenzo and Stoner and their respective chances - my self-same comments would have applied. As it was - it wasn't Simo - do I didn't comment on him or Lorenzo specifically. Do you "get it " now?

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Yamaha3358

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Yamaha3358 says:

Defiant1

I wasn't even surprised when i picked up the MCN today and on the back page was 'Valentino Rossi commited to Ducati' .. really ? that gets the back page ? Stoner provides the most insane overtake any of us have seen for a while in gp and a story which would have sit well in a little section gets the back page, that's pathetic.

 It's just a shame everyone is extremely bitter regarding Rossi's downfall, and that is including a majority of journalists. One man i have great respect for though, is Steve Parrish. Iv met the guy a couple times and he is not biased towards any rider in any way. He asseses what happens on the track and gives his opinion on the racing.

I also found the commentators on Eurosport pretty annoying after Casey said 'we were able to put in a fast lap but for race pace we are losing 1-2 tenths and we're just not there' .. one of them said 'cheer up casey its not that bad, your less then a tenth off pole'. He was talking about race pace, not his bloomin qualifying position!
 

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Yamaha3358

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Yamaha3358 says:

Different angle of the pass

The overtake was insane, but the sound is equally impressive over the crest, and this video goves you more of an idea how steep that downhill section is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0eke9wc4_8

Also Defiant1, that was a great article.. though i was surprised at Lorenzo saying Stoner was pretty much 'too aggressive'.

'Not only did he attempt it, he did it, and cleanly, though Lorenzo didn’t think so. Lorenzo said he “felt like Casey came across the front of his bike really quick. I don’t think that was Casey’s intention at all. I think Casey made a pass that really startled Jorge and I think it’s something that Jorge’s going to think about until they race again.”

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ThePornstar

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ThePornstar says:

Awesome video footage of an even more awesome pass. Definately more worthy of comment than the lame story cut and pasted from the Press conference.

Stoner tried that move on Rossi during their epic battle a few years back, but couldn't quite pull it off and get it stopped for turn one. I think Lorenzo was just a bit miffed at getting schooled like that after leading for so long.

Regarding Rossi's downfall (if that refers to his current lapse of form) and Stoner's current success, there will always be knockers of rider and most of these clearly hace not a clue about bike racing. Stoner is a great rider, on a bike prepared by a firm that MUST win the title or fall on their ceremonial swords in shame. Yeah, Casey can be a bit of a dick sometimes but he's kind of the modern day Fogarty, fast as hell but sometimes a bit foot in mouth...

Rossi is the goose that layed the golden egg, riding a bike that is clearly only good enough to make the top 5 on a good day. Ducati won't deviate from the new frame as it is what the new 1199 is based on and a change could perceptively affect the all important sales. (even though it is virtually sold out before anyone has seen it...) With a sorted bike Rossi would be there or there abouts, but he is up against the new order of Casey/Jorge/Dani/Marco and Ben  These boys will only get better, but remember if you add of all their world titles it comes to 8 titles - Rossi has 9 on his own.

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PaceyCasey

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PaceyCasey says:

ThePornstar

''These boys will only get better, but remember if you add of all their world titles it comes to 8 titles - Rossi has 9 on his own.''

Quite right, but only 2 MotoGp titles since Stoner came into the class, and i'm hoping Casey can even that score this year ;). That aside, good post bud.

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Ocdcbr

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Ocdcbr says:

Rossi is not finished yet!

I have no doubts that Rossi Will be up front again. All this talk of him being on the downward spiral to being a has been is just a load of rubbish. He's on a new bike this year and that bike has 'issues'. Capirossi and many others have complained about that front end feel problem, casey himself could not understand it and often could not ride round it without crashing , despite his experience on the bike. Other than nocking casey off in the wet vale has been consistent and pulled something out of the bag come race day. He is up against some seriously talented young riders so getting a fifth or so in his situation isn't bad really.caseys ' 2 titles in the 800 era' is nothing compared to Rossi's haul. He is a super quick rider but put him against vale in a 'battle' and I know who I'd put my money on. I can't think of many riders who have been able to beat the master in a dust up( not the streaking off onto the distance bore fests) at laguna there was 0 comeback from Lorenzo or ped.

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