Rossi: "We have a real problem"

Ducati's superstar offers frank assessment of Laguna Seca weekend

Posted: 30 July 2012
by Visordown News

Valentino Rossi ... does his future lie with Ducati?

VALENTINO Rossi had another weekend to forget at Laguna Seca.

Rossi crashed out of eighth place, losing the front on the approach to the Corkscrew with three laps to go.

Speaking to the press, Rossi said: "I wasn't fighting for a podium place, but a crash like that at the end of the race is still disappointing. I lost the front when I was approaching the Corkscrew, when the bike was vertical, just as I touched the brake, a bit like what happened at Silverstone.

"We have a real problem. Again, today, we had a hard time getting the front tyre to work - it was like brand new after 30 laps.

"It's a pity because we've had this problem for a long time and we are not able to fix it."

Rossi's team-mate Nicky Hayden has just extended his contract with Ducati, quashing rumours that Cal Crutchlow would take his place. Valentino Rossi is expected to announce his future plans before the Indianapolis GP in a couple of weeks.

If you were Valentino Rossi, what would you do next?

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I have to say Ken, it's looking more and more likely that he's off. I didn't think he would, but it's just a waste of time now. Draw a line under it and move on. Tenner says come Valencia he'l still be being promised new parts...

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 13:50

That bike is such a dog.

If Ducati wont do what Rossi asks for them to be successful, who says they will listen to Audi?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 13:53

Will be ironic if Stoner is the only rider to ever have success on the Duke.. seems no one else can ride the POS.

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:15

It's EXACTLY the same issue that has plauged the thing since long before Stoner arrived. So, no one else can ride it. They refuse to accept it's the bike. Case closed.

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:39

why is he only realising this now? i understand his determination to turn the ducati into a competitive bike, but almost nothing has changed since the start of the season, they make steps forward, and get a podium, and then downhill from there again.

Regardless of audi, rossi doesnt have long, and surely your last few years in motogp you would want to enjoy and not sit on the side trying to "develop" a POS that refuses to compete. IM JUST SAYN#

yamaha FTW nvm dovi(lil bi*ch)

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:55

Same old story, 'We have a problem' 'I can't ride this bike' blah blah blah.

This is getting annoying now. If they haven't fixed it in 2 and a half years, they're not suddenly going to make it work overnight.

Go to Yamaha/Honda or force an ultimatum (a' la Dovi) that will push Ducati into doing what he says.

Otherwise, stop complaining Rossi, you’ve made your bed now lie in it.

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:58

The more I read, the more I'm getting convinced my original "he'll not leave isn't going to happen. In fact, after this weekend, I think he's partially out the door already.

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 15:12

If Rossi has a factory ride next year it's a complete waste of a bike. People are giving him too much credit for talent he hasn't shown for a long time.

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 17:20

In a moment of tired insanity i decided to watch the F1 highlights last night at about 2am on iplayer. They where saying how ferrari have gone from have an absolute dog of a car at the start of the season to winning multiple races on the bounce and have gained something like 3 seconds back on the other teams since the start of the year.

Ducati just seen to be beyond pig ignorant and just too stuck in their ways to change for anyone.

As far as Vale is concerned, I hope he makes the jump asap out of ducati. Even if hes past it/lost it/ too old blah blah blah ducati don't deserve anything he might be able to do with the bike anyway. Its been said a thousand times but look at the people who have been on that bike and been shown the door because 'its not the bike'.

Ducati need to do themselves a favour stop being for pig ignorant and get their heads out their own sphincters.

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 18:01

Eel ectric, I disagree with you there. He still has enormous talent. Remember that the bike that Stoner won on was several models ago. Everything they did since his championship win made it worse and even Casey could not get consistent results after that.

Whether or not Rossi could win the championship again on a Yamaha or even a Honda is not certain but he could do a whole load better than he is now and perhaps bring some interest back into the class which is now as exciting as F1 (or less). Thank heavens for Motos 2 and 3, World and British Supers - all of these, in my view, are more exciting to watch.

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 22:05

To the Rossi's lost it / motoGP is dull comments:

Tell me who is going to be more competitive on a factory bike than Rossi next year, accept for Lorenzo and Pedrosa? No one. Stoner leaving is a serious loss of talent. Last weeks duel and pass on Lorenzo was excellent entertainment. If Rossi isnt riding a factory yamaha, it will be Lorenzo beating pedrosa by 6 seconds every race, and it will be boring then. Rossi has to be in there for enterntainment, for I don't think he'd win too many, but he'd mix it up a lot. Marquez might do a bit, but I think he'll be in the next group mostly.

Ducati have offered Rossi a shit load of money to stay apparently, like a serious shitload. If he leaves its a pretty bad look for them, not a reputation they want.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 00:01

oh, and Rossi will be at yamaha. he brings sponsorship. You may notice they dont have one at the moment.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 00:05

Mobus has said again what we've all (including him) have been saying for months. So, lets draw a line. VR's going. What on EARTH are we all gonna jibber on about after this?

As regards to Moto GP being dull, right now, at THIS moment, yes, yes it is. I actually enjoy qualifying more than races for the premier class these days. Moto 3 and Moto 2 and WSBK and BSB are keeping me interested.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:44

I'll be glad of a resolution one way or another. The whole question over who's going where is overshadowing the business on track right now, and that's a real shame IMO.

I have real concerns over the future of the sport either way. CRT is a load of wank, and Stoner leaving is a massive loss to the class. As somebody said above, who's going to challenge Lorenzo? I bet even he would be bored!

Bring on Lorenzo Vs Rossi again, it was fun last time! OK I still think Lorenzo would have the edge, but it would at least be something to watch.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:23

1. Retire and do something else (cars, WSB)
2. Go to Yamaha
3. Stay with Ducati and pray

It would be funny if Yamaha took him back that would fry Lorenzo's brain I reckon if Rossi was close, not that he would admit it. But unless Rossi is even more remarkable than we recognise I Can't see him being a challenger for the championship again. He could be a lot closer. Trouble is by the time he settles in a new team and sorts his head out after Ducati age will start to factor even more.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 20:29

Well guys I've read your fantasy team for next year, so I thought I would put by thoughts to you all
1) Rossi stays at Ducati for 1 year contract,rumour that its a 70M Euro deal,then retires from MotoGP and drives for Audi!
2) Rossi goes to Yamaha to try and win a race or even MotoGp World championship at 34? Lorenzo 26! mmmh best of luck with that idea, I believe Rossi is terrific racer but it would be a tough challenge on an identical machine to Lorenzo.
3) Gressini Honda disgiused as a Works Honda, mmh like the sound of this go and win the World Championship and dedicate it to 'Super Sic'then retire from GP and go car racing.

What about Dovi & Crutchlow, granted Dovi's results have been better than Cal's, but if my memory recalls Dovi had a works Repsol Honda a while back but IMO didnt really set the paddock gossiping on his performance so why would it be any different next year on a Yamaha, Give Cal the chance on the works Yamaha, 1 year contract with an option for another year depending on his podium results.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 22:48

How about this, Rossi goes to Yamaha, Lorenzo beats Rossi.

Hayden stays with Ducati, who, boosted by Audi's finance and experience, finally build the bike every ones been waiting all this time for. Hayden beats Lorenzo and Pedrosa and so takes the championship and in the process makes Rossi look like a real donkey for leaving when the situation was obviously about to be reversed ! . . .

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 01:47

MotoGP ain't dull at the moment at all. People always say it is, ive never heard this not said. If Stoner wasnt there it would be sure. But him and Loz are pretty close, but Stoner is the quicker, we all know that, but their duel is good stuff. I dont know what you all go on about.

But Pedrosa is fucked basically, he's never going to win it, and he knew it last week, thats why he was such a miserable little sod at the press conference, even though he always is. But last week it slapped him in the face, 'fuck it, im never going to win a championship ever, even Micky Hayden won a championship'. Stoner is just faster than him, and Lorenzo always will be too, so he's totally fucked.

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 06:23

It could happen Ken. It's perhaps worth remembering that in 2010, Vale did have a fairly fucked shoulder so he couldn't stop/corner as well as usual and he'd broke his leg.

With Injury being less of a concern now, he might not be so bad against Lorenzo, time will tell though.

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 11:31

@ Scarlet Raider.
It's 17 Million Euros, Not 70 million euros.
The rest of his salary is through other sponsors like Monster, Wudy etc.

IMO Rossi to Yamaha is almost a certainty, it's now getting to obvious to be a rumour.

I think that Cal Crutchlow will be alongside Hayden and Dovi going to San Carlo. Baustista will be at Tech3 or they might go for Alex Espergaro. but they will look for an experienced motogp rider to help Bradley Smith get used to the bike. If he has a good 1st season he will be there for at least 2 years.

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 13:04

My tits are fine Ken you evil bugger ;-) . . .

As Rob rightly said, Rossi had loads of trouble with Lorenzo as his No 2 while he was at Yamaha before. Catalunya 2009 the infamous example, that last corner, last lap move. It could so easily've gone the other way and Lorenzo could've taken the championship title instead of Rossi ! . . .

Now Lorenzo has already had a year on the current litre bike and knows and rides it magnificently. With the scores that need settling from that year Rossi is without doubt gonna be on the back foot. What, for example is Jerry Burgess gonna be doing, will he retire as he said he might after this year ? . . .

Personaly I think it'll be fantastic as I felt robbed of the battles that were on the horizon up to the point of Rossi going to Ducati.

If Audi, Ducati, Hayden and Cal (?) don't get that bike sorted it could have some serious consequences for Ducati sales worldwide. Who'll want to be connected to a bike that the best in the world can't get to work on the world stage ? ? ?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 02:04

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