JB is safe, innit
He's achieved enough that this will be seen as a blip when his whole career is looked back on. Same's true for Valentino if he does the sensible thing and goes to destroy Max again while he still can. It'll be a long blip if we get to november and he's still in piazza uno. I think tricks are being missed. A wild card at PI being one, Rossi is devoid of confidence and so is his team, the only thing to change that will be genuinely good results and a belief.
I also note that we've seen no obvious further Factory Ducati testing now that they can, surely Rossi should have replaced Hayden at Jerez the other week Guareschi himself saying it needs the racer on it for the full feedback to be offered, the test was for Hayden so why weren't JB/VR there sorting the bloody thing out? He doesn't have much time but also doesn't appear to be trying to make it. I see new bike, crap test, changes, another test, changes, crap bike, I don't see lots of other testing now that he can. He could be riding the wheels off a well kitted Panigale (oh hang on the bits don't fit now) make that an 1198R at no cost to his MotoGP testing hours. The bike was all good a month ago. It's the man that needs tweaking.
The pace is always relentless and in some ways I think Rossi should thank himself for what he's created, good and bad, because he set the bar back in 2000 and through being fast, switched on, a bit devious if needed and perhaps most importantly not crashing and knacking yourself he has carried that on for 9.5 yrs. A fucking good effort in my book. How many racers after that long don't really know what their recovery time is? Not many. Mugello '10 will indeed be seen as the the point where it either ended or started to.
Ducati missed a trick with Bradl too. Rossi could go to WSB right now, he's only missed a round, and a have a pretty certain shot of doing well. I just re-read this to make sure it's worthy of abuse and derision and it reads like an obituary...