The Coliseum for morons!
Right-on, weskit. Always a rational, thoughtful poster not deceived or sucked-in by this ridiculous, shallow cult of celebrity. The dumb-arses out in la la land want to re-create the Coliseum – complete with caricature heroes and villains and occasionally feed a Gladiator to the lions and other beasts red in tooth & claw. Oh, sob, slobber - my mate hasn’t heard of Casey Stoner. Boooh Hooh – obviously the sack and ruin of motorcycle racing in the new millennium – and all because of Stoner. And while we are on that point –just where & when did Stoner EVER even attempt to “copy” VR. I think you confuse him with Jorge Lorenzo who had his own boring fucking post race Pantomimes going there for a while and jumping into lakes that looked pristine but were in reality full of ersatz sewage and yukkiness. Funny!
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and thank Christ or the Deity of your choice that Jorge seems to have matured into his own person and not some act-alike time wasting facsimile of Rossi. Pedrosa on the other hand, also NEVER, ever imitated VR either. So – two out of three wrong there, mate. You big tugger!
Part of this crap and silliness is the way that MotoGP media works now. The reporters get an allocated and set in stone 15 minutes as a mob with each rider. That has played into VR’s hands as he has been able to manipulate the press “pack” that will always (for self-serving safety & security) run like dogs together in opinion and slant. Rossi will know where or who they have just seen or are seeing next and, of course, feed the dogs a bone so that the next rider gets asked, “Rossi just said this about you – what is your response to that?” And if it is Stoner and he says Rossi is talking bullshit – it instantly becomes a headline and controversy: “Stoner complains Rossi talks bullshit!” See how it goes? Ergo, Stoner is the “whinger or moaner” while Rossi sat back and laughed at his continued self-elevation and grandeur above the fray while Stoner (or whoever) gets a press pack diminishing or belittling...In the “old” days a journo got a one-on-one with a rider by either appointment or waiting for him. Many a time a rider who didn’t want to talk would delay and obfuscate in his tech post practice or race briefing to avoid the Journo and hope he would get tired, impatient and just fuck off and go bother someone else. Rainey did this quite a lot, in point of fact.
The laughs aren’t coming so often or so fast anymore for VR, are they? Carlo Pernat claims Rossi is a “little bit afraid of the Desmo” Looks like it too. His influence and mana is on the wane – it simply HAS to be as his reputation and lustre fades with each passing Round. A footballer, player or racer is only as good as their last game, match or race. The history or previous record stands - but what are they presently showing, delivering or offering their employers or club or team? That was then and this is right NOW? In Rossi’s case, sadly for him and his fans-two-fifths of SFA. End of. His last Win was at Sepang – 12 x looong months ago despite 4 x chassis and myriad extra bits and another two trucks in the Ducati pit. There is just no escaping the fact that this is a piss-poor return on investment for Ducati - but it isn’t the end of the GP World as we know it. Far from it. One hero fades away and retires to be replaced by another and the sport goes on. Get over it, guys. Cheers