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Matthew Birt  says:

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi talks about potential Yamaha return

Valentino Rossi has given his views on a potential return to Yamaha’s factory squad in 2013, with speculation rampant in Laguna Seca that he will reject a new two-year offer to remain with Ducati. Rossi has been negotiating with Yamaha and a return to partner bitter rival Jorge Lorenzo could even be confirmed prior to the next round in Indianapolis. Rossi left...

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Mar 08

Posts: 264

stompmyduke says:

Money, Money

Od dear, what does it all mean. It means Ducati want a slice of Philip Morris money for bike development (negotiations backed by Audi?). It all makes complete sense for Rossi to give up part of his nonsensical wage packet for Ducati. However, it makes no sense at all to Rossi, who would rather have 4 mill at competitive Yamaha than the same dosh (reported) at no-hope Duke. In terms of funding, an extra, say, 8 mill would make a big difference to the Italians, who are, after all, competing against at least one Jap factory that can muster up a cool million between races to solve a handling/drive issue. Finally, it seems the modest Vale is still laughing about his ability to mess up the entire paddock's team negotiations (does he still think the rider can make ALL the difference?).

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Oct 10

Posts: 112

whemy says:

stick with the ducati

if rossi leaves ducati he will look like the biggest flop in history,to turn a race winning bike into a dog is no joke.some people say he is the greatest of all time more he has always had the best machinery up until now.people always go back to stoner in 08 and rossi got into his mind at laguna what a load of tosh,he pushed the duke to the limits and paid the price many time's.but at least he did push and not ride around at 75% every bloody race.if he get's a yamaha ride again the moto gp management is corrupted no way should he just walk straight back in when there's younger rider's out there more deserving.

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Nov 08

Posts: 109

smilo996 says:

Nostrodamuss - "where his true skill level has been brutally exposed" who in your obvious professional opinion is actually talented?

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Mar 09

Posts: 5451

Nostrodamus says:

Fuck some of you really are extraordinarily thick

Talent is all relative to the company they keep. Work it out sunshine.

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Jul 12

Posts: 1

misfit78 says:

what are ppl on about sayin Rossi can only win on the best bike!!!!!!! if you remember the Yamaha was one of the worst bikes out there when he joined, and everyone knows that Stoner has been the only rider to get grips with the Ducati, but to say Rossi is shit n should retire is stupid, Motogp needs riders with personalities and Rossi has that unlike alot of modern riders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jul 10

Posts: 1394

Talent is relative to the company you keep

Which is why Nostro is always alone...........and untalented

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Oct 08

Posts: 653

hello4646 says:


You can all argue on here until the cows come and you probably will! 

 Lets just wait and see just what Rossi can do next year on a front running bike that he loved the last time he rode it.  As one person mentions on here you dont have a clue on how to ride a bike fast or what its like to be involved in MotoGP.  You dont become a 7 (MotoGP) times world champ without being as fast as f**c  Giacomo Agostini won 8 top flight championships, Mike Hailwood won 4, Dooham had 5, I guess that makes Mike the bike and Doohan really shit rider's then as he aint got as many as Rossi, let alone the moaner

Its a fact that all of the greats stop at one point and at some point the youngsters will be faster.  Maybe at 33 this has happened to Rossi, but somehow i think not! and he still has wins left in him.  Lets hope for you Rossi haters he does not win again!

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

misfit78 - please stop repeating that

When are you Rossi fans going to stop saying "if you remember the Yamaha was one of the worst bikes out there". That wasn't the case and never was the case. IF YOU REMEMBER (which obviously you don't) the "worst bikes out there" were the Aprilias, Proton KRs, Suzukis, and Kawasakis. Anyone that says otherwise obviously wasn't watching MotoGP in 2003 and/or just repeating what they have read posted on websites by fanboy muppets.

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

It looked like

Del Torchio was watching the race saying to himself "I just offered this guy how much??" lol. Ducati/Audi have to have SOMETHING in the works to even want him back and especially at the numbers that are being tossed about. There isn't enough publicity in the world to justify paying him all those Euros to see him getting routinely out QP by a guy they were thinking about firing and to see him look totally dejected all weekend. There isn't any "good" press for Ducati when Rossi is falling over himself and saying he can't ride the bike. One would have to think there is a change about because the money being offered to Rossi just doesn't make any sense if it's going to be the same ol' same ol' from them.

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Oct 10

Posts: 49

SStyloF says:

in all forms of life some people get paid less for doing a better job. Fact of life. Marlboro foots a lot of Rossis salary and Ducati sales are probably marginally up. So Ducati aint going broke because of Rossi.

Audi can assist with materials/tech but they know jack about motorcycles. No guarantees on improvement. Maybe parts on time? Ducati are rubbish and not willing to leave their heritage.  Theyd probably prefer the option of running a 1400cc twin?? Furthermore watching the last 3 races, the top 3 Aliens(love throwing that around) seem to be really throwing those 1000s around. Being a Rossi fan*ducks* given equal equipment, i dont think he will be as dominant as he previously was. couple a podiums, maybe a win like in Sepang. the bar has been raised and at 33, it takes a real mind change to get on the fkn gas when your brain says dont. 

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