Pic special: For The Love Of Rossi

Motorcycling demi-god Valentino Rossi gets a second at his home race at Misano. His best result in the dry; it wasn't a win, but did his loyal fans care? Not in the slightest.

Posted: 17 September 2012
by Ben Cope

Finishing in second place at his home MotoGP meant a lot to Valentino Rossi.

Having grown up 10 miles away from the circuit now named after one of his good friends, Marco Simoncelli, the result was more than just a hard-fought trip to the podium. His best result in the dry, it showed us Rossi back to his best, bringing a glimmer of hope back to Ducati and a hint of the charisma that flows best when things are going good.

Simoncelli, who also grew up close to the circuit, was remembered by fans across the weekend: 58s were everywhere, from flags to tattoos but one of the best tributes to Simoncelli was Alvaro Bautista's race result. His third place finish and first MotoGP podium was perfectly timed and a poignant moment for the San Carlo Gresini Honda team who have been through so much over the past 12 months.

Tributes to Simoncelli and Rossi were everywhere and despite Rossi's torried time at Ducati, it's clear he's still seen as a god by his home fans. His second place result cemented that.

Speaking after the race, Rossi said: "I’m happy! But I have to thank a lot of people who continued to believe in me this season, even when times were tough. I’m extremely happy for all the boys at Ducati. It’s a tremendous result. I want to dedicate my race to Simoncelli and his family: Marco helped me today, pushing me to the podium."

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So good to see the old Valentino back and smiling :D

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 12:28

gives a glimmer of hope he can be with pedrosa and lorenzo next year on the yam

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 13:41

Yup. But the win at Ducati, imo. Is simply not gonna happen. The best picture above is Valentino at the corner the fan club are on. Vintage Valentino, and SO good to see again.

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 21:23

Just to point out again. The bike is nowhere NEAR sorted. It simply isn't.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:06

A great result but Pagik is right - luck was on his side and was not with Danny, Stoner and the rest. Fantastic to see how he celebrated it with his fans. He is definitely the fans' man

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 16:44

I'm happy for Valentino and think it's great that he scored a second place on the Ductati but remember that in this race there was no Stoner and both Pedrosa and Cruthlow crashed. With these people second could easily have been a sixth or seventh but I look forward to seeing what he can do in the following races.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:10

He took second from the start and held it easily all race long...for rossi to say they have now found something on that bag of shit, simply has to tell you something ! however the proof will be the next couple of races, one swallow does not make a spring.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:18

The first time I noticed Rossi was in 96 in 125's when he did just that, jumped on the fence and shook it. I thought, who the fuck is that? I watched closely from then on. And now, when no win celebration is planned, he pulls this move off again - classic vintage retro Rossi!! It was better than listening to Dark Side of the Moon and pretending it was the first time you'd heard it. Great stuff. Rossi is not a great bike rider or sportsman, he is a truely original great artist. I want that photo on my wall.

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 01:53

His qualifying time this year was no better than last. Those missing would have put him back in 6th place. Always been a huge fan of Rossi because of his talent, character and ability but this was just a stunt again with no substance.
He and Burgess have spent 2 years trying to get Ducati to build an M1 rather than a Ducati prototype V4. The original bike looked more like a V4 999 than a prototype. The opportunity was there. But they will leave having made little impact on the bike or Ducati.
Hopefully now Audi are involved they can break the previously required trickle down link between racing and production. They can simply make a prototype that wins and not try to squash a square peg into a round hole.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 19:53

You got a point there smilo re the development of teh ducati. But for the race, tehre was basiclaly no practice due to poor weather before the qualifying session, and the weather was all cold and shit, so that probably explained the time comparo you're making there.

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 01:28

What a ledgend. The ultimate once and once only greatest motorcycle racer ever.

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 22:58

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