Lorenzo would welcome Rossi return

Lorenzo believes Rossi 'could be a good thing for Yamaha'

Posted: 25 July 2012
by Visordown News

JORGE Lorenzo would welcome Valentino Rossi back at Yamaha, believing that it could be good for the factory team.

Following the surprise announcement that Ben Spies would leave the factory Yamaha team at the end of the season, internet speculation was overrun with discussions of whether Rossi could take his seat.

On Spies' decision, the Spaniard said: "It’s sad news to hear that Ben is not continuing. For Yamaha it’s really sad, because he has been a Yamaha rider for a long time. I think he has great potential, and I wish him good luck in the future. Now we have to see what is going to happen with the second rider in Yamaha."

Speaking on the rumours of who could take the second seat on a factory YZR-M1, the Tech 3 Yamaha pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow have also been attached, the 2010 MotoGP champion said: "I hear some rumours. And some rumours say that Valentino is going to come back.

"It could be a good thing for Yamaha. We have been a good couple in the past years, but it hasn’t been decided yet. My preference is to have a competitive rival in the team."

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I reckon Lorenzo would welcome Rossi back just so he could have a shot at beating his ass ;-)

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:24

Rossi would consistently beat Lorenzo, especially this season, he has improved that dog Ducati & looked close at the podium. He built that Yamaha Lorenzo wins on, so he'd kill it when he returns, so smooth the machinery the way VR created it! Welcome Back VR, we've missed you & MotoGP Needs You!

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:36

It would be great to see VR back on the Yamaha, but I do think Lorenzo is the best rider in the world right now, so I don't think VR could beat him through the long season. It would be great watching those two battle at the front for sure, I just think Lorenzo is too relentless to let VR beat him these days.

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 15:28

Really GG GG? I dont think so...

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 15:51

I think George has grown as a rider, he's not the impetuous person he was when he first got on that M1. And, if anyone can take the fight to Valentino on an M1, its George. Would make for some GREAT racing again. But I'll still only believe it when I see Valentino pull out of a garage on an M1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcU17zRMBEA (sorry, the only one I could find)....ahhhhhhhhhhhh, them were the days!!!

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 16:08

True gp fans watch it in 240p on yourtube :P

I won't hold my breath but i really hope it happens.

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 21:07

Hope this is true.
We've missed Vale - the sport has missed him.
I'd love to see him wipe the smug look off Jorges face.

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 21:42

I know we'd all LOVE to still see Valentino win on the Duke. Unfortunately, it seems to me that Presiozi doesn't seem to share this view unless it's done HIS way. And, in my opinion, it's gonna cost Ducati. He'll realise it after Vale's gone. If he goes. I still don't think he will, but, after listening to Neil Spalding at Assen I think the writings on the wall. For Spalders to say "the golden marriage simply hasn't worked, and the sooner it ends the better" speaks volumes.

Ducati Corse cannot keep hiding behind "new parts coming". As Ken said HRC have brought an entire bike forwards by months. MONTHS. Ducati are still pissing about with poxy little parts that are simply not addressing the issues they've been told about. Time and time again. As Rob said to me there's a huge elephant (no pun intended) in the room, and they just don't wanna fucking hear it. Ditch the bloody L4 config, go to a 75 deg V4. Bollocks to the "it's the way Ducati do it", because it doesn't work. Get over yourselves Ducati Corse, listen to what you are told and get back up the front.

Stop resting on the laurels of Stoner, swallow your pride and make a bike that works for more than one person who saves 4 crashes a lap...

*climbs off soap box*

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 00:01

Can only agree Pagik - I'd also love to see Vale win with the Duke, but they seem to have an massively petulant Italian in the way. As JB and the team have said, it's the total lack of updates that appear to come once a major iteration is out.

When you compare that to what HRC, and even Yamaha do, it's just not good enough at this level, it's something Casey also complained about.

And yes, they need to drop their "it's the way Ducati do it" and do what a modern MotoGP team does to win. Last time I looked the Repsol Fireblade was still a very desirable bike, yet it has a totally different engine configuration, sure a few concepts will have came over from the GP bikes, but the reality is it's sod all like the actual HRC bike.

So why, why on this earth do Ducati have to have an L4 in that bike? They don't even have an L4 in a roadbike, they've only got an L2 effectively, but still, if they'd literally drop a V4 in - even as an experiment to see if it'd help them, they could then choose.

Unfortunately in a world of Spec tyres, you simply have to build a bike to the tyres, and if they cannot get it working with the L4, it should be dropped, otherwise they'll just keep running in circles. At the latest Mugello test, they've started moving around lots of smaller parts - positioning of electronics, airbox, fuel tank - OK I say smaller! - If they can get it to work great, if not, then that's it really, personally I think they're going to struggle, it's such a major - and heavy part of the bike that even in moving things around, they're simply working around the problem, and in engineering, a bodge is never as clean as a solid design.

As it stands, I think Vale will either be seriously considering a move to Yamaha, with the negative being will he still beat a super consistent, in the form of his life Jorge. Or does he stay and hope they can get this bike working as it should.

Time will tell. Brno is in a month, we should all know by then.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 10:58

Valentino back to yamaha for sure. Ahh, good times again. Even if Rossi dont win there'll be some exciting races.

Cal, Dovi, are not going to give you that Im sorry to say. Rossi is surely the only option.

By the sounds of George in that interview, its Rossi. I think that was a slip of the tongue from George, not just an innocent statement.

The duke is shit, its not going to get better. And I'll put that on the record.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 23:49

It is unfair to compare Ducati's ability to churn out updates to HRC. After the 2008 Stoner debacle when they developed a completely new frame for him and it was a mess. They then had to contend with designing a new bike for the change in cc's as well as the likely deluge from Burgess and Rossi .TYhis has resulted in a new bike using tech Ducati have no experience of, yet another change in cc's 1000, whilst runing the 1198 in WSB and Panigale in Supstocks. Bringing on an entirely new engine that they cannot use a derivitive of in other areas of the business would be a huge loss in economic terms. So they are bounded still be by the reality that they have to use the tech from racing elsewhere.
That said I hope Rossi sticks it out. It is less exciting to see to riding the same bike that see 2 riding 2 bikes that are equally as competitive. With different characteristics. In any case MotoGP cannot afford to lose Ducati. Especially given Edwards recent comments about his CRT bike which must reverbarate through the other CRT's riders.
With Audi in the background, the desire to stick one to BMW by having next yr the best bike in WSB and MotoGP, where BMW have no real presence will be motivation enough. They have ironed out "character issues" with Lamborghini well enough. And given recent resuklts it looks like Ducati are at least going in the right direction. More pressure and resources from Audi will allow them to banish theunfortunate mess Stoner made of the bike.
But why should they simply copy other manufacturers. It should be possible to use other config's to win races. Honda use a V5, Yamahaha a four.
Narrow the V and stick it in a steel trellis rather than chasing other people's solutiuons. If they narrowed the V they could happily use this in other bikes in the road range.

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 10:17

Motogp should have mid season one make race special. It's more for the racers than anyone else, imagine.. no points, no sponsors, just solid colours of their choosing. Here they'll be able to have fun while enjoying a clean race where all xoxo gossip can come to a brief pause and no excuses will be made regarding machinery. Hate to see the riders under so much drama. When the love of your life becomes a curse.. a constant scramble to find a ride, the dark words of some newbie journalists and media, the "Must win instead of Need win" feeling in the gut.
We all pray the sport will return to it's previous ways, where riders constantly exchanged paint and "Raced" each other for the passionate fun, unlike the super clean races of today with minimal mistakes aiming for that 10 meter leading gab whilst praying for that last corner. Yes winning is winning and nothings wrong with that but where's the racing?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 14:47

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