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Matthew Birt  says:

Misano MotoGP: ‘Seventh best I can do’, says Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi enjoyed one of his better races in a tough debut season for Ducati in Misano yesterday, but the Italian was still nowhere near battling for a podium in front of his passionate home crowd. With light rain falling as the field formed on the grid, Rossi capitalised on the uncertainty of some of his rivals to climb from 11th...

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Jun 11

Posts: 2551

PaceyCasey says:


''would he dare swap the honda for a suzuki for a new challenge like rossi did when he went to yamaha..i think not''

The Yamaha was never going to be a gamble. They threw everything at it to make sure it was Vales first outing showed.

PS Surely Caseys' done his time on a satellite bike and a struggling factory bike and has proved he deserves the same 'privileges', as it were, that previous Champions have enjoyed?

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Nov 10

Posts: 1156

Elbowz11 says:

Stoner to Suzuki.

Will never happen he is better off where he is now at Honda he will be there for some time.

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Apr 11

Posts: 3344

Bultoboy says:


"Julian Ryder made a good point at the weekend about carbon fibre just being a material that is used to make things."

You can't imagine how that statement wound me up.

One or two people on here have been saying that for some time, me included. Whilst none of us profess to be engineers who know better, it's fairly bloody obvious that today's technology can make CF do all sorts of things in all sorts of uses. Also, there was never a statement from Ducati saying that the frame was too stiff due to CF. It was all supposition on the part of many others.

Ryder, Moody, Spalding et all, have repeatedly banged on about the Ducati's lack of front end feel being due to the CF frame.

Now, having had a chat with Preziosi, who put him right about CF and the way it can be constructed to do whatever you want, Ryder 'knowingly' anounces that the CF construction is nothing to do with the problem, it's just one of many construction materials. I almost kicked the TV in.

They can be entertaining at times in their commentary but I wish they'd drop the 'know-all' attitude.

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Apr 11

Posts: 3344

Bultoboy says:


You can keep on conjuring up these meaningless stats all you like but they prove nothing about this year and have no bearing on how Rossi or anyone else is doing this year.

You can over analyse till you're blue in the face, it means nothing. Rossi said he found an improvement in the morning warm up. Yet he was 14th in that so how did that improvement manifest itself? How was it 'felt' with that slow time. Hayden was 0.8s faster. Barbera was only 4/10 slower than Rossi's fastest lap in the race and you could argue he is making more progress than Rossi is. What does all this mean - nothing.

As for saying Stoner should go to Suzuki to prove himself....   Maybe, when he burns his Honda bridges like someone else.

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Aug 02

Posts: 239

Biker4751 says:

Althgough We'll Never Know

It would nevertheless be very enlightening to know exactly how much better the Honda is than the Ducati.  As I recall, Jeremy Burgess was going to fix the Duc with about fifteen minutes of set-up time.  I guess that's not the only area of deficiency.  No, I suspect that the real difference lies in the electronics.  Something about the Honda initiative to make the motorcycle easier to ride fast.  I guess they figured it out.   

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Jun 10

Posts: 185

ppatel3d says:

Carlos Checa VS Valentino Rossi

Read somewhere the duel is happening in the next WSBK round.

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Jan 10

Posts: 61

TeamPunkass says:

Checa vs Rossi

They mentioned it during the telecast, and according to this it might happen


"It is believed Rossi has in-principle accepted the challenge and is seeking approval from his team to compete at the event."


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Mar 11

Posts: 1386

Yamaha3358 says:



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Dec 10

Posts: 474

eddl says:


else notice that spalder's on eurosport often talks a lot of shite and contradicts himself regularly ?

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