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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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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

If ever there was a stark reminder

of just how far out of reach the game has been moved from Rossi's grasping hands it was Laguna Seca qualifying. Stoner and Pedrosa all action, dominating their respective steeds, dynamically working and weighting the machine to put it where they wanted. Cut to two seconds slower Rossi looking like he was riding in the pre King Kenny world of G.P's. Meek, passive and submissive, being controlled by the machine.

Still at least at two seconds off the pace he's riding safe and within himself, not risking crashing for a poor result.

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Mr.Number

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Mr.Number says:

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It would have been great to see Rossi win the title on the Ducati. As for Ducati not able to compete with Honda Yamaha, thats a load of rubbish. Ducati have got a superb engine, Stoner himself has stated on interview after leaving for Honda that its the most powerful engine on the grid. The problem is channelling the power through to the ground, they just cant seem to find the right balance. If they do, which I believe they will which is why they want to keep Rossi, it will be a game changer and really good for moto gp. Rossi wont be part of it though, he will definitely go to Yamaha, he loves that bike and I dont see any reason why he cant go on and claim 2 more gp titles to be crowned the king of moto gp. Thats what he really wants and it wont happen on the Ducati which is a shame.

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supermario

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supermario says:

Not long now

Only 8 more races

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gingerbreadman

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Rossi had bad luck this weekend binning the bike. Personally at this stage of his career I don't much mind if he's taking podiums. What I was really hoping for was to see him and the bike developing race by race, sort of the knight in shining armour...I'm sure he will make the right choice and he knows the Yamaha...whatever happens I will still applaud him.

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gingerbreadman

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Hey, Nostradamus...he did risk and he did crash...big style! on or off the pace it hurts and it saps!

 

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:

BYE BYE DUCATI

Pack your bags Rossi, there's a M1 waiting for you in the Yamaha garage. It's a shame the Duke didn't work but the 'project' is clearly going round in circles.

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carcleanerboy

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Mr numbers

Whilst , im at in the nostro 'Rossi is past it camp' , there ia one massive reason he wont win another world title, and that King Jorge. Yesterday was a classic example why Lorenzo is the best of the current generation.

Stoner took and won the gamble of using the soft tyre ,and it lasted for him. Lorenzo stayed calm and composed and fetched it home a safe and wise second. Rather than throw it away club racer style two corners from eh? Nostro....

IMO Rossi will make a fit of it but Lorenzo is King.

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

The bigger picture is that Honda regretted letting Rossi walk away, it left them having their most barren spell in top flight bike racing. And no doubt Ducati regret letting Stoner walk away. Both teams went backwards when the rider left. The situation now at Yamaha is a little different because they continued to win when Vale left but they have lost a lot of the money and sponsors that his name brings with it and they could definitely  do better with it back. Honda are already testing next year’s bike and seem to be working well in advance of Yamaha.
Would Rossi realistically play second fiddle to Lorenzo? I reckon if they were team mates again then the race results in the first half of the season would be of great interest. Rossi may go back and find he has lost some speed and JL is the better racer; or it could be they have some classic hard battles and entertain the crowds trackside and on TV. Hey there could be the situation where VR is still able to beat JL and heads him in the championship….maybe team orders would not even come into the equation.
Of the 3 options Rossi currently has on the table the factory M1 Yamaha has got to be the better choice for an out and out racer who likes winning.
 

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CosherB

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CosherB says:

the prevailing assumption is that if Rossi jumps back onto the M1 in '13, he'll be an instant sucess.  well two years will have passed by and an awful lot of 'water under the bridge'.  i'm not convinced that he's the same rider he was in 2009, and he'll be setting himself up for a hell of a fall being Lorenzo's team-mate, and a no. 2 to boot.  to add insult to injury, if Audi begin to make the Ducati even half-competitive next year, and results don't look to clever on the Yamaha, then the fall from grace will be almost complete.  it's going to be one hell of a decision for Rossi in the next week.

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thestig08

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thestig08 says:

Come Back Vale the record book will still say

Two years on a Ducati ended in failure,But being number two to the man you wanted Yamaha to dump because he was a threat to your Ego Is fair Justice ,He is an even better rider now so it will be good to see Fallentino on equal terms no excuses nowhere to hide and all bridges burned,He will have some good battles but no more titles,The Ego and mind games tarnish what should be a great record, but you can't help but remember his back handed tactics toward others ,but most of all he will always be the man that failed at Ducati and quit .Jorge will kick his arse should he return

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