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Matthew Birt  says:

US MotoGP: Motivation waning, admits Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi has admitted finding it increasingly hard to stay motivated to ride Ducati’s struggling factory Desmosedici machine after he suffered a dismal US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. The Italian had qualified a massive 1.9s off pole position in 10th and then crashed heavily on the fast approach to the spectacular Corkscrew while running in a lonely eighth place just...

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Smackbum

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Smackbum says:

Casey gave more the 100%

to try and deliver Ducati a second MotoGP championship, but after years of underinvestment in both him and the bike he wisely parted ways with Ducati and joined Honda.

Valentino was supposed to be the messiah that would ressurect their fortunes, but Ducati failed to head the history lessons that Yamaha and Honda had provided.  In 2004 Yamaha combined the best bike and rider (& team for that matter) to win the MotoGP championship after a long drought.  In 2011 Honda combined the best bike and rider (& not a bad team) to do likewise.

Maybe Ducati were suckered in by the 80 second fix claim, but for whatever reason they thought all that money and expertise would buy them a championship.  It didn't.  All that money did was kill the myth that the rider is the most important factor in motorcycle racing.  The most disappointing part is that after all this time there has not been an iota of progress, and I'm sure Ducati's motivation must be waning too.

  

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vmax4steve

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vmax4steve says:

I lost the front

which was a big surprise because I was going quite slow.

Exactly Vale, going quite slow and not generating enough heat in the front. Stoner used to go off from the lights like a fucking whippet and kept it there the whole race BECAUSE HE KNEW HE HAD TO. If he backed off at all the tyre went cold and he was off, which is what happened at Laguna 08 when you were slowing him up. Bridgestone have even given you a softer constuction tyre that is easier to heat up, what the fuck is going on.

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rocketri17

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rocketri17 says:

vmax4steve

er.... slowing him up in Laguna '08? BTW, who won that race anyway?

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torryboy

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torryboy says:

rossi after he crashed into stoner cud have ended up like simo but who cares its vale.

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simoncbr1000rr

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vmax steve

`what the fuk is going on` is this......yellow cock sock boy has been exposed...and all the yellow hatted twats that follow him like he`s a god or something don`t like it.......if he`s not on the best bike against inferior riders he does not win end of....and yes he did beat lorenzo on the same machinery...while lorenzo was finding his feet and when he did lorenzo enilated rossi...that`s why he left and if he gets back on that yamaha you are going to see alot of yellow socks crying

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vmax4steve

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vmax4steve says:

rocketri17

Rossi didn't overtake Stoner and then leave him for dead though did he. He made several block passes, one  over the top move at the corkscrew and a final brake test that left Stoner running off & tipping it over in the gravel trap. I saw it as very hard racing at the time with Rossi doing all he could to stay in front of Stoner to prevent him from clearing off into the distance which his practise times and 07 victory suggested he would. Rossi slowed Stoner up, tyres went down in temperature and Stoner went off track and Rossi won.

Rossi had the Bridgestone tyres himself in 08 and knew how they worked, maybe that was part of his strategy, but what he didn't know was just how hard Stoner had to work them until he got on the Ducati himself at Valencia in 010 and trundled around in disbelief wondering what the fuck he had just signed up for.

As for what the fuck is going on, Ducati have given Rossi nearly everything they can, Dorna have bent over backwards for him and Bridgestone have even let him lead their tyre development and he still fails and yet everyone still thinks Rossi is the be all and end all of Mototgp. Yamaha must be really cash strapped to allow him back into the fold, as for Lorenzo, I think he has a #1 rider contract and Rossi, if he moves back, will simply be his test mule and only be given equal machinery once Lorenzo has the title in the bag or is under threat from Honda and team orders will then ensue.

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