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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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spindizzy

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spindizzy says:

Why do you guys think wet weather will help Rossi? It's a serious question, he's always had a worse average result in rain than the dry. (I am going from memory, the stats were hard to amass - if you can prove otherwise I'd love to see it, especially stats from the last 6 years) The last two years on the Ducatti with it's excellent wet weather manners may have helped to fuel this illusion but Rossi has a pretty high propensity to crash in the wet historically and since the younger Aliens joined in I can't remember his last wet success. And they say that wet conditions are the great leveller for bikes and show the rider's true abilities...

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1986vfr750

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1986vfr750 says:

If rossi wasnt around, biaggi and gibernau would have been trading championships, and would have been considered up there with stoner and co....its all perspective....rossi was just so much better than his competitio...the riders he raced against were awesome...he was just too good for them...now no one rider stands alone so therecis a great battle between several riders...rossi stood alone in his day....watch some of the races from 01-05...giberneau was very fast...so was biaggi...so was capirossi...they all would have won if rossi wasnt around...he was just head and shoulders above...something that todays riders arent...no one is head and shoulders above...there are 4 that are equal( if you include stoner)..."golden eras" spring from no one being good enough to dominate.....

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TetsuoSama

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TetsuoSama says:

Gibberish

"If rossi wasnt around, biaggi and gibernau would have been trading championships, and would have been considered up there with stoner and co"

Gibernau?  The fact that he finished runner up to Rossi for two years is proof this was a piss-weak era.   His other end-of-year results in the premier class were 13th, 11th, 5th, 15th, 9th, 7th, 13th, and 17th ... racking up a massive total of 1 win in those years.

Delusional.

Max was the second-best of that weak era, but was off the podium as often as he was on it.  Hardly what you'd consider a great.

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Tetsi-fly

Ifs buts whys and wherefores !   Weak eras - Strong eras - So what !  You can only beat the opposition there is at the time. They were the best of their day and that's it !      So the competition has moved up a gear and some guys are getting old.

THAT'S LIFE.    Champions come and champions go  but the racing lives on !!!

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stompmyduke

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stompmyduke says:

Comparison?

Beware those who attempt to compare 'eras'- its impossible to do. So many factors have to be taken into account. For instance the luck of getting a fast bike at a time when the rider reaches his peak (e.g. Gibernau). Some of these riders may have a limited shelf life (Gibernau and PERHAPS Biaggi). Also you have to consider the presence of riders who can psyche-out the oppo (Rossi, Read and possibly Foggy)- this can have a massive effect on a lot of riders. Biaggi may have never reached his potential, as he didn't ride a bike until he was 18, while the foxy Rossi (and Read) had long, successful careers.On paper the most successful rider was Ago, who, nonetheless, had a hole made in his statistics by a certain Phil Read. However, he was able to persevere and win another championship. Maybe Rossi can do the same.

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Bollocks..

..and Pedrosa?

In any other era he'd have been sacked for not producing long before that RCV was turned into the best bike on the grid.

Biaggi would have wiped his arse on hairy chested bikes without all these poncy rider aids.

Get rid of the electronics..you'll never see this shit on a production bike to save fuel because there's a fkin petrol station just round the corner.

I notice Nakamoto has said their new RC production racer won't be made to carry the full 24 litres allowed..Why d'you think that bastard is then?

I fkin detest Honda, their hatred of level competition and bullying attempt to rule the world.

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TetsuoSama

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TetsuoSama says:

Funny that

"hatred of level competition and bullying"

Pretty much sums up Rossi.

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revnev7

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revnev7 says:

NOT A HOPE IN HELL....

Unless Bridgestone fly in some "special" tyre`s,as Michelin used to do. And i think them day`s are long gone.How delusional would someone need to be,to think Rossi would have finished anywhere near the podium in France,about as delusional as those who said he`d be a winner on the Ducati,i guess. Thick as shit!

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

You could always run away Tets..like your boyfriend.

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TetsuoSama

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TetsuoSama says:

Wr ong, wrong, wrong, WOSI

"You could always run away Tets..like your boyfriend."

Firstly, Rossi isn't not my type.  Second, he ran away for a legitimate reason: he didn't want to compete with Jorge on a level playing field and couldn't quite bully Yamaha into sacking him.  Thirdly, he ran away from Ducati for an equally-good reason.  He wasn't good enough.

Name names, pussy!

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