Where are you Nostro
Guys. Why do you keep arguing over the past. The past is the past and it cannot be changed. The facts are is that Rossi IS a 9 times world champ.
You can argue that Rossi was unlucky to be beaten in 06 by Hayden and that the Ducati had a speed advantage in 07. Or that if Stoner had not broken his ankles in 2012 he would of won.
But there is no point. Each rider starts of with Zero points at the start of the year and at the end of the year the rider with the most points is the world champion. End of
The fact is that some on here liked the thought that Rossi was all finished. But from the race on Sunday you can safely say he is far from finished.
Likewise. Dovi result on Sunday is not a reflection on his ability. A top rider needs a top bike, fact. Last year Dovi was a regular top 3 rider on a satellite bike = good effort. Now that he is on the Ducati that does not have much rear grip and understeers in the fast corners he has dropped down to the tail end of the top 10 in the race
And another fact is that when you are a younger rider you are prepared to take more risks. And the older you get you think about things more and do not take the same risks.
The one thing in common that Stoner and Rossi had when riding the Ducati was loads of scuffed leathers each season. If the Ducati was a better handling bike then I am sure Stoner would have won more titles on it as he is fast as F**K on a bike. From 08 onwards the Japs closed the gap and Stoner had to push the bike more through the twisty bits = lots of front end crashes.
I am just glad that Rossi is back on a quick bike and that more riders like MM are competing for the win rather than just two riders like last season. Hopefully Cal and Bradl will show some good consistent race pace and make it 6 for the win. You never know, Ducati might get the bike sorted and we will see 8 riders competing for the win!
PS, Nosto have you got a new TV yet to replace the one you smashed @ 20:45 on the 7/4/2013. RIP