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Matthew Birt  says:

Monster deal for Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad, featuring Valentino Rossi and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo in 2013, has signed a two-year sponsorship agreement with US energy drink giant Monster. Monster Energy branding will be visible on the bikes and leathers of Rossi and Lorenzo as well as on all official team clothing and equipment. The deal for 2013 and 2014 though is not a...

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Jul 12

Posts: 3077

wosihound says:

Agreed..Rossi's mistake at Mugello. Rossi's choice to go to Ducati. No bones and whining orange excuses here Pal.

The problem at Ducati was Prezel's ego AND that Stoner didn't have a clue what a good bike should feel like. The bike had been going backwards for 4 years..a few worthless end-of-season results when the pressure was off and the champoinship long gone, didn't make it a contender.

Casey said he left because the bike never received the upgrades he wanted. He won't say what those upgrades were though? Couldn't be that he's making it up and really had the hump about Jorge getting offered his job on three times the money? 

After 4 years on the bike..why did it take rider and crew-chief so long, especially 2010, to get the bike dialled in to win if they had no upgrades and were using the same parts at the end of the season as they were at the start?

Ducati said they wanted Rossi to get some grown-up development direction after the immaturity and tantrums. They said they'd listen and do whatever it took to make a bike that could challenge with more than just one rider, who spent half his race weekends playing sand castles in any case.

They fucked up. Rossi has gone. Preziosi has been sacked and they have a bunch of Jap rejects riding for them this year without any technical direction to follow.

Marvellous..well done Ducati?

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Aug 02

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Hedgehog5 says:


"He won't say what those upgrades were though?"

Rossi... "Unfortunately I am not an engineer and I don't know. This answer must arrive from Ducati."

Stoner demanded change just as Rossi did but naturally neither, it would appear, were able to define what exactly they wanted (though it's only Rossi who openly admits this) beyond wanting a bike that handled better, & left that to people who were supposed to be more qualified in motorcycle design... the difference is Rossi got massive changes... fat lot of good it did him (& he supposedly knew what a good bike felt like!).

Rossi's leaving despite getting 2 years of upgrades... Stoner left having been provided with winglets.

"Ducati said they wanted Rossi to get some grown-up development direction after the immaturity and tantrums."

Clearly what they got was another rider (who wasn't anywhere near as adaptable) & not the development god he was made out to be... Rossi didn't have the answers... when it went sour they got the tantrums & he left saying he'd achieved nothing in 2 years.

I'm not saying it's Rossi's fault... both of them have left Ducati in the hope of riding a bike capable of challenging for a championship. Their situations were very similar... it's just one was better at riding the Ducati than the other.

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