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Matthew Birt  says:

Can Valentino Rossi rediscover winning touch in Mugello?

There was once a time when the MotoGP field would arrive in Mugello wondering who was going to finish second behind home favourite Valentino Rossi.The hugely popular Rossi was unbeatable on home soil at the spectacular Mugello track where he notched an incredible seven straight victories between 2002 and 2008Since that last win in ’08 on a podium shared with...

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Oct 10

Posts: 112

whemy says:

time to leave

lets be real about this would rossi have so many titles if he had been against lorenzo,pedrosa, and marquez in his prime ? no way he is nearly 40 points adrift already and a rookie is kicking his arse on a new bike with no experiance.yamaha had a bad weekend last time out but the yam carnt be wrote off jorge has been on the podium 3 out of 4 races. look at the other honda riders its only pedro and marc who can be at the front not just because of honda power but look at the weight and size of these 2 guys compared to the rest ! the yamaha is fine cal proved this lets face it rossi needs to step down he does not have the easy life anymore.

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Jan 12

Posts: 1693

doohanfan says:

Can't agree with you bob

about the 2008 and 2009 titles. Rossi rode superlatively in those years, particularly in 2008. The nonsensical stuff was the contention that he had a bike disadvantage.

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Oct 10

Posts: 430

racingfan99 says:

Any racer from any era can only race against whoever lines up on the grid with him. So it is not really Ago’s fault that he was around when he enjoyed maybe 5 solid years where he was unrivalled, didn’t lose a single race while competing in 2 separate classes.
No doubt he was a brilliant rider but remember the Japanese factories had pulled out of the championship at that time and he was often the only factory rider. There are races he won by over 4 minutes and double lapped the guy finishing second, who would have been a privateer.  85 of his wins came during those years.  Some people question and ‘dis’ the calibre of riders and bikes that Rossi has raced against – but it is pretty obvious to anyone who knows the sport that nobody since Ago has ever enjoyed such a massive gap of competition.
Ago right place right time and right bike. Yes 40odd of his race wins would have been harder races but let’s just keep things real about the dire situation of the sport in by the late 60s/early 70s.

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May 13

Posts: 2

ahadwise says:

of course he can,............

he always try to make it,...............the problem is not rossi skill neither the age, but surely his baby,............... additional 3kg of bike weight for 2013 is disaster for yamaha, its influence the most superiority of m1 "the stability" and the balance which make the worse of tyre grip problem,............. with honda power and acceleration and no chattering problem everyone aggre that RCV213 now is the best bike,........... as sete gibernau said the abbility of rossi wich is the advantage at the past is replace with the electronics devices apllicated to the bike called ECU,....use to control traction, gas throtle, etc,............ so,........can vr|46 rediscover winning touch in mugello??? as a fan im sure, depend on yamaha support anda litle bit luck

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Nov 09

Posts: 165

jewels says:


it depends on how many of his JUSTIN BEAVER type followers turn up waving there little yellow flags,my god its got worse since they got rid of the proper GP 500s,

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Nov 11

Posts: 796

Firebird3 says:

Too early

I wish people would stop keep saying that Rossi should quit and retire and give the bike to a more deserving rider. Before he left to go to Ducati, he was up there with the rest of them and he hasn't lost that ability overnight. We are still in the early stages of the season and anything can happen, so it is far too early to write him off. If at the end of the season he hasn't made any improvements, then it would seem that his ability isn't on par with the others and by all means he should move over for the next generation. I still think he can bring something to the table, he may not be as fast in outright speed as some of the 'aliens', but you can't fault his racing ability.

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Apr 11

Posts: 3391

Bultoboy says:

but you can't fault his racing ability.

What - falling off whilst trying to catch a Ducati and being harrassed by another one...

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May 12

Posts: 183

rocketri17 says:


I for one will give him to the end of the season before I decide he is finished

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Jul 12

Posts: 3146

wosihound says:

Shutup Bulto..

you back flipping Orange cock..who was was crying not long ago he wasn't trying hard enough?

Val was way faster than the Ducati's and would have finished second if that bump hadn't appeared like a mushroom in the rain.


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Aug 11

Posts: 698

Bootlegger says:


Should he fail to win in Mugello on a factory M1 with his Bridgestones it ain't likely he will win a race in 2013. The gods of chaotic racing need to intervene as it stands right now. Mind you, Mugello post race should Rossi win will be chaotic enough. In my opinion,the best circuit on the calender.

Nevermind Misano,this is Rossi's home. He has the tool at his disposal to be top eliminator.

Oh yeah! Spare me the BS about quickshifter and sundry gearbox internals. Ducati built one under the auspices of Preziosi last year and he could not make that work either,

Speaking of BS. Is he going to be on board next weekend?

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