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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi shines on factory Yamaha return

Valentino Rossi made a brilliant return to Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad in Malaysia today, the nine-times world champion ending the first day of 2013 pre-season testing with the fourth quickest time. Rossi showed a disastrous two-year spell with Ducati has not blunted his confidence or skills and the 33-year-old topped the timesheets for a period in the early part of the...

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Jan 12

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doohanfan says:

el diablo

We are talking somewhat at cross purposes here.

I am not arguing that stoner is the superior rider overall (he can obviously be very, very good without being as good as valentino though). My argument is that unique elements in his riding style allowed him to get something out of the flawed ducati that more conventional riders no matter how good could not, which is pretty much what valentino has said himself.

This whole thing has gone full circle a number of times. What I am arguing is that valentino being immediately fast back on the yamaha, and being competitive for the 2013 championship as I am sure he will be, proved/will prove things which did not need to be proved about valentino, and may disprove arguments concerning him by some stoner fans, but doesn't/won't ( I would say can't) prove anything about stoner.

I do disagree that stoner will be forgotten, although some may try to do so. He will imo be remembered more like freddie spencer than like valentino rossi, but what he has achieved is still substantial. He will also be inextricably linked with valentino, and unless and until somebody else has substantial success on the ducati if they continue he will be remembered as the only rider to be successful for them. 

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