GET A GRIP, LADS...
Crikey! Talk about kill the messenger for bearing an unpalatable message. Zombies are so simplistic, shallow and just plain dopey that any, let alone perfectly valid, criticism of Valentino Rossi is construed as “hating” him. My posts for the past 3.5 years prove the fallacy and diversion this is – cheap shot escape from reality. I admit being provocative at times in hopeless attempts to get certain people to think and accept blind, mindless worship of celebrity, especially to the level of abuse and non-recognition of anyone else, is destructive and bad for the sport. It’s akin to debating Tadpoles - closed feeble minds & intellect. Anyone with the temerity to question draws a knee-jerk reaction/personal attack. Same as it ever was. Too many morons incapable of the most basic rationalisation or independent thought. In this particular instance, the Ducati “problem”- one inevitably HAS to compare performance between Stoner & Rossi - and it isn’t a good look, regardless of past glories.
Let’s examine some FACTS – remember that word?
Stoner had or was given 4 x chassis in 4 x seasons. Rossi has had 4 in just 14 Rounds of 1 x season.
Stoner won 23 GP’s, got 42 Podiums and set 21 Poles. To date, Rossi has got a “gifted” 1 x Podium – a 3rd. In fact, the only highlight for his one-eyed fans was knocking Stoner off and depriving him of another 16-25 Points. Just with the CF chassis in 2009 & 2010, Stoner got 7 Wins, 17 Podiums and 7 Poles.
A despairing Nicky Hayden noted his elapsed race time @ Aragon was 25 seconds SLOWER than last year-on the “100% Rossi-developed” whatever it was iteration of the 2011 Ducati Desmo.
At Aragon on what was basically the 2012 1,000cc (engine # 7) alloy-framed bike with the motor “sleeved-down” to comply with the 800cc capacity limit – Rossi was passed by serial-crashing GP neophyte, Cal Crutchlow for 10th. Rossi said, “After a lot of races we don’t fix nothing. Maybe we still don’t understand the real problem?” Coming from him & Burgess – both alleged development geniuses – that admission is a major worry!
Rossi was seriously injured for the very first time in 2010 after not missing ONE GP since 1996. This and the challenge of sorting the new and previously scoffed-at wayward Ducati have brought him undone. November’s Jerez Tests for the 1,000’s will be the final proof of the pudding for Rossi
I stated (tongue in cheek to explain for the deadheads) maybe it would have been better if Rossi had simply brought his MI across and painted it red. Screams of derision - BUT: Ducati has imitated the YZR M1 Yamaha with the new low-slung swing arm and suspension layout, the flexi-design triple clamp and the front axle and fork mounting systems. And now the frame/chassis too? Ducati initially denied it but FTR ARE fabricating the Yamaha-like alloy chassis - the 4th total revision of the GP11/12 Series and still the failure goes on and on. Maybe the trick is - just put crossed tuning forks on it?
MotoGP needs Ducati to be challenging for the Podium and competitive. Rossi has been both Dorna’s & GP’s Golden Goose, absolutely unequivocal. Anyone that can’t see or admit that something is badly awry here and that Rossi too has to shoulder a large portion of the blame, then you are even bigger flakes and morons than anyone ever dreamed in their worst nightmares. Cheers - Bewildered of Bologna...