DISASTER + EMBARRASSMENT = ROSSI + DUCATI...
The “business end” of 2011 is now upon us. Stoner can virtually seal the Title in the next 2 Rounds, if a wee rub of the green goes his way. The portents are ominous for the rest: Stoner won @ both Aragon and Motegi last season before going on to win again at Phillip Island and taking 2nd @ Valencia. That’s 3 x Wins and 4 x Podiums in the closing Rounds, when he wasn’t rolling about in the kitty litter - and all this on the allegedly “hopeless” Desmosedici! They say, God loves a tryer... Both the 2011 Title and his elevation to 4th on the “All-Time Senior GP Winners List” ahead of Eddie Lawson - and closing in on the iconic Mike Hailwood in 3rd - is now in his grasp. Is there really anyone left on Earth with half a brain that still doesn’t recognise or accept Casey Stoner’s durability, bravery & talent?
Why mention Stoner and then Rossi/Ducati? Simply because you absolutely cannot mention one without including the full contextual & direct comparison with the other. It’s called “reality”... and there are far too many out there that still deny it. Bless their yellow cotton 46 socks & Y fronts!
And so we come to MotoGP’s ground zero: Since the advent of Moto2, regular posters on MCN will have seen me occasionally wax lyrical about chassis ace, Steve Bones and his team of British artisans @ FTR. But if anyone had tried to tell me, even 3 months ago, Ducati would turn to them in desperation – purely driven & due to the spectacular & bewildering non-performance of the artist formerly known as the World’s best motorcycle racer, I would have laughed and said they were dreaming. Honestly – what a shameful shower of shit Rossi’s signing has transpired to be for Ducati. And poor Nicky Hayden – the World’s most distant and neglected # 2 has to be smiling just now – along with Abraham and RDP.
Rossi was & is a fantastic rider, undeniable – he has had the great fortune to surf a seemingly never-ending tsunami of luck, good health and Gold Class excellence in support & machinery throughout his fabulous career. 2011 is his Waterloo and Little Bighorn combined (forgive my use of two toponyms for our Trans-Atlantic cousins) and it is pathetic & sad to see moronic comments accusing Preziosi et al of “betraying” or not giving Rossi what he needed for the instant success the Zombies naively expected. Contrary to past behavior and patterns, Ducati even closed their WSBK team to free-up resources, staff and money to furnish VR with whatever he demanded and all ASAP. I use the term “ground zero” because that‘s the point on the Earth’s surface nearest to a major detonation or disaster. If the 2012 bike too isn’t a fully-sorted “goer” very early in the piece – expect a huge blast @ Bologna. Whether this is ultimately triggered by Rossi or senior management & sponsors is the only moot point. Cheers