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MCN  says:

Is it too late for Valentino Rossi?

After three days of testing at Sepang Valentino Rossi managed to finish second fastest. The nine time champion says he’s changed his riding style to suit the new bike, but after an unimpressive 2013 season, is it too little too late for the Italian?

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  • Posted 266 days ago (07 February 2014 10:31)

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Oct 10

Posts: 477

racingfan99 says:

He is going as fast if not faster than ever before – natural speed has never been a problem for him, karts, bikes, F1 and rally he’s always quick. He’s 34 which is far from old but it’s not 21 and clearly he’s already thinking of life after Motogp with his Moto3 team and talk of retirement if the first half of the season shows poor results. His longevity at the top flight as a racer deserved huge respect; I reckon you’d be hard pushed to find a star of any other sport who has stayed World top 4 ranking for 15 out of 18 years.
It’s a great career by any standards but eventually motivation for it will fade and commitment will change to other things. There are still enough signs to say he’s capable of winning races in 2014 and motivated enough to try, his will to win has always been key. The arrival of MM has upped the standard once again so this season he will compete again at the highest level and line up to mix it with the best in the world for his 19th season after showing he can stay on the coattails close to Marc this week. He still seems pretty determined to give it a go for a few years more if he can, and 100+ wins shows he knows how to do it, so…..time will tell.

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Nov 11

Posts: 821

Firebird3 says:

Too early to call

There is no doubt that his testing in Sepang went well, but it is only the first testing and we don't know how this will translate to race conditions.                 If it works out that he is off the pace of the three aliens, as in 2013, then it really is time up for him.            But if he has found that little 'extra' in 2014 and is battling constantly with the other three, then there is a chance he could win the WC and should carry on until he becomes uncompetitive.    Afterall, Pedrosa has been battling on the Honda for eight years and nobody is calling for his retirement.

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Aug 11

Posts: 553

ChupaChump says:

So Catty Casey.

 Did a Ducati mechanic sh@g your wife as well?




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May 09

Posts: 884

CH987 says:

I don't think it matters how fast Rossi is. I can't see anyone beating Marquez unless he gets injured.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5416

Nostrodamus says:

Let's not forget

 alien status comes from being a regular race winner. That makes just the three of them then, as it's been for years. 

Let's also not forget the Terrapin's raw qualifying pace last year was on average a mammoth 0.6 secs slower than Lorenzo's. 

One quick track Sepang doesn't make a GP summer. But enjoy your oh so rare moment bedwetters, it's highly unlikely to last. 

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Aug 10

Posts: 288

vtwinmark says:

 Find it a bit difficult to believe the 35 year old, after a mediocre season, manages to just "change his style"?....Easy as that?.....

Change a style that, by his own admission, was unable to do in 2 years on the Ducati? 

If he has, fair play to him. Personally I feel thet both Pedrosa and Lorenzo were below par, and expect both to show more in due corse.




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Sep 10

Posts: 836

CBR11X says:

Too late for what?

Is it too late for him to keep riding and getting reasonable top 4 results? No, it's not too late for that. I don't think he'll win many more races, unless other riders have bad luck. You can't take too much out of this test, but Rossi was quick. Then again he was top three last year in the Sepang test as well.

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Nov 11

Posts: 821

Firebird3 says:


That's the spirit..........I knew you would come up with a negative comment sooner or later, as the realisation that Rossi just might of turned the corner and got competitive.        As I have just said, nobody is getting carried away with this result........far too early for that,  we have to wait for race pace for that.     But on the face of it the bike seems to be suiting him and he is happier with the handling.      Why not be positive and take on board that the more riders that are competitive, the better the racing..........but then again you would have to admit you were wrong for that to happen.

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Nov 11

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Firebird3 says:

Change his style???

It is one thing to change your style slightly on a good bike to get the desired effect, but an entirely different one on a bike  that has major handling problems and is a liability to ride.

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Jul 12

Posts: 3249

wosihound says:

Fickle fucko's..

To the eternal frustration of orange pom-pom flouncers, he just won't lie down and go away..take the gold Tissot and bugger off fishing or summats.

Just when the gumbies who masquerade as race fans get a head of steam up - feel safe enough to forget why Rossi is so successful and snipe- he puts in a performance to rip the rotting teeth right out of their dopey gum flapping mouths.

Take idiot-in-chief, Nostro for example..

Qualifying is what matters, apparently, because it's a proper indication of true pace..fully juiced up bikes, grip against stop, no excuses..innit?

It's also where Rossi struggled most last year and consequently the gap to Jorge was biggest..not as large as 0.6sec, but hey, who's counting and it's in a good cause anyway.

Thing is, when Val uncorks a screamer in testing - totally different to QP of course - it don't count or mean jack and we'll have to wait a few races to really get an idea?

hahaha..any other pearls of wisdom and stunning insight to share?

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