Was working on my own bike and had got as far as I could, came in, got bored with TV and came across the Parish bit whilst looking for something else, which then led to the other stuff.
Whilst I'm not in the slightest bit a fan of his, I really am bewildered by what is going on. Is he really incapable of wringing it's neck and getting more out of it than Hayden. Hayden seems to be back to the level he was in 2010 with Stoner, averaging around 6th in qualifying over the season but on a few occassions putting it in front of Stoner on the grid. WTF is Rossi doing back there. Is it the petulant schoolboy act of if you don't give me exactly what I want (what he had in Sepang 1...) I'm going to screw every race?
Whilst I accept that Rossi is incredibly quick on the right bike, I never bought into the whole myth thing and his own comments in my previous post should dispel once and for all any lingering notions that he and Burgess turn bikes into winners. However, I'd never imagined that he was as one dimensional as he appears to be now in terms of riding style. He appears to have one way and one way only, if the bike doesn't allow it he's sunk.
Quite how Ducati boardroom brass have reacted to him effectively throwing in the towel in Qatar after only a few laps, we can only imagine, but that public admission, coupled with the public blaming of Preziosi and everyone and everything but himself for the lack of results will not be appreciated.
Inevitably he was asked about Stoner's time at Ducati (which must really be like having the dentist's drill without the freezing needle...) He said:
"He [Stoner] has a very peculiar riding style and he was also young in 2007, so it was easier for him to adapt to Ducati," Rossi explained. "He evolved with Ducati, so he should thank Ducati because if he has learned to ride in the way he rides today it's because he grew up with this bike, which if you don't ride it in that particular way you are screwed."
I think he is forgetting that Stoner won on it immediately, he didn't evolve/adapt as such, he just did it and rode it the way he had to. Capirossi was the rider who evolved with it and it didn’t do him any good. As for thanking Ducati, I think he has got that the wrong way around…
I guess though, that Stoner can thank Rossi in a perverse kind of way, as Rossi’s time on the Ducati has certainly redressed the balance of opinion of Stoner’s time on the bike and his ability to ride it…
As for Rossi to Aprilia. Hmm, doubt it as they have Max and he is their current darling. How ironic if he was able to say No way, he's not coming here...
Actually, Rossi very nealy pulled off an impression of Biaggi after the race when he rode into his garage, I thought he was just going to let the bike drop when he got off it, it was such a quick dismount... Bit like when Max dropped the Honda on the garage floor and burned his own Honda bridge
Notice how he doesn't crave the cameras at the moment too?