Rossi: 'No wall and Lorenzo is No.1'

Rossi and Lorenzo full of admiration for each other but stop short of candle-lit dinner. Just.

Posted: 22 August 2012
by Visordown News

None of this will be going on in 2013, says Rossi

VALENTINO Rossi has said that there will be no wall dividing him and his team mate Jorge Lorenzo at Yamaha in 2013 and that Lorenzo is the number-one rider.

Speaking at Indianapolis, Rossi said: "Now the situation change a lot compared to the past, compared to 2008 when Jorge arrive to Yamaha. Now he's the No. 1 in the team, and our relationship are good. I have respect for him, and he have respect for me. So I think we can stay together. I am sure that together we can form a great team for Yamaha, for try to achieve good result in the next seasons.

Rossi then added, with a wry smile:"We will be very close with Jorge if he agrees."

Both Lorenzo and Rossi were full of praise and admiration for each other and it looked like it was more than just a well-rehearsed PR script.

Talking about being back in a team with Rossi, Lorenzo said: "For me it is a pleasure to be again with Valentino, two more years with the same bike. So for me, everything is positive. I always say the wall is a stupid thing. It doesn't make sense for anything. No wall is OK for me and I think for Vale this time."

When Rossi was asked whether he could win the championship on the Yamaha in 2013, he said: "In my condition now, especially you have to understand if I'm still a top rider, if I'm still fast, and if I can fight for the front row, if I can still fight for the podium. I don't know, because after two seasons like this, nobody knows. So before I speak about the championship, I have to understand if I can fight from the front row, I can fight for the podium. And after, we will see.”

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I'm sure the wall will stay down as long as is suits Rossi. Lorenzo has a lot of data that will help him on his way and once that's all been taken i suspect that the friendship might start to go a bit cold. Smiling assassin seems to cover it....

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 14:49

So true.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 06:38

Wow - no bullshit! brave move by rossi, let's wait and see, moto gp needs something cos it's dire to watch at the moment!

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 08:08

Brave move my arse

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 10:23

just reading twitter..

lin jarvis is kicking the man whilst hes down !

Lin Jarvis just confirmed that the first approach between Yamaha and Rossi came from Valentino

Jarvis on contracts "we put our maximum effort into re-signing JL against interest from Honda. there was not a lot of money left for VR"

Both Yamaha Factory riders will get equal treatment and support but the development lead will go to Lorenzo, with Rossi in a supporting role

i think for Lins sake, Rossi better not start cleaning up again!

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 15:38

Rossi has made both a strategic and tactical error. A career-threatening fuck-up...

Everyone else, burgess, (small `b`, his retirement is on tenterhooks) Yamaha (who?) et al are simply his bitches...

His future is dependent on beating Lorenzo. Locked, loaded...

2013 will be the most vicious GP season. Ever. He is nobody otherwise... Pedrosa may as well quit now.

I expect the viciousness to start around November.

2013 will be the nastiest GP season in history:. Cal will kill people to prove his point or else his career is over.

Make no mistake, 2013 = it's not sport, it's War.

Dovi is dead in this kind of environment. He thinks he's hard, he's gay in this environment. Cal has 12 mths to kick Rossi into history.

Fuck! Book seats now.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 21:41


i thought good motorcycle racing was war anyway

it will be a humdinger of a season with vicious racing, a showdown to end all show downs and both Rossi and Lorenzo know this already

if Rossi cannot beat Lorenzo ...Jorge will have finally beaten im fair and square

but is Rossi does beat him ..... the GOAT undoudtedly

Cal isnt gonna beat Rossi ...hes not that good, if he was that good he woulda been taking Dovi to the cleaners this season!

but yeah, roll on 2013

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 21:49

The spelling in my last post is worthy of a medal.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 21:51

Well exactly Evil. This proves Rossi's dedication to the sport. Isn't that the 'heart' that armchair commentators like us ask for? Rossi passed up huge money to stay at Ducati, huge, seriously huge, which obviously shows he couldnt give a fuck about money anymore, he's got heaps. This is the characteristic of a brilliant person, dedicated to risking his life everyday just to have fun, which is to Rossi, having a chance of at least being competitive. It's all those sporting cliches tabloid journalists throw around like mud. Bravo to him for contacting Yamaha first, what a guy. Others can read into the condition of Rossi's move as they please, but who gives a fuck about them, they're negative twats. I for one couldn't care less if Rossi agreed for Lorenzo to drop his dacks and kiss his buttt cheeks in public, at least Rossi would make a funny scene out of it, because he's all class.

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 00:13

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