...and claims that he already won the duel
Valentino Rossi has gone on record to confirm his ambitions to end his racing career in the World Superbike championship - a move that WSB legend Troy Bayliss finds doubtful.
After his time in MotoGP comes to an end, the hype for Rossi's future career plans involving the possible move to the production based championship started at the Ducati MotoGP night in Bologna. The move was then perpetuated by the Italian's BFF Uccio at the launch of his Moto2 team - he claimed the idea was 'concrete' that the seven-time champion would compete in WSB for two years - and Rossi recently went on an Italian chat show to say that his retirement plan includes a switch to what he calls 'the B series to MotoGP'.
But discrediting the potential for Rossi to 'retire' to World Superbikes legend of the series Troy Bayliss, speaking to Motoblog.it at a recent show in Italy, said: “I’ve heard that in two years Valentino could finish his career in Superbikes, In the 2013 he’ll be the same age as I was when I started racing in WSBK, and he’s got the credentials, but I don’t think he’ll end up in the series.”
On the much hyped 'Clash of the Titans' talk of Rossi and Bayliss facing off in the desert for a one-off race, the Aussie added: “The duel? Vale is a phenomenon, but I won that duel in the Valencia in 2006, when I returned to MotoGP and won with the Ducati and he unfortunately crashed."
Speaking on the upcoming MotoGP season, Bayliss put forward his prediction for the champion: "For 2011 championship I see Stoner. I think he’s the strongest of the three Honda riders and those bikes are now a cut above the others.“
Posted: 14/03/2011 at 13:25
Posted: 14/03/2011 at 13:28
Posted: 14/03/2011 at 13:30
You’d have to hope so. After 44 races over four seasons (doing moderately at best) he managed to win one race when all the other protagonists were involved in their own championship battles. Hardy the credentials of a motoGP genius!
Still it’s slightly less embarrassing than Carl Fogarty insisting his 1994 fourth place at Donington in the wet (after everybody else fell off) proved that he had what it takes to win in GPs.
Posted: 14/03/2011 at 17:11
This guy is completely deluded by his only win on a Bridgestone shod tire at Valencia in 2006. The same bike that walkedthe 2007 World Championship by Casey Stoner. To say that he won the duel when Valentino Rossi focus was totally different and also once Nicky Hayden realize he did not need to push for a win, you could easily see Nicky let up and heBayliss got the win. Why the Fuck don't Bayliss talk about the many failed and dismal place he got when he was in Motogp and how many Rossi give him a can o whoop ass. The guy scores 1 win and is now trying to make it seem like he issomething special. The way I see it he was surpassed by BEN SPIES in 2009 as Troy Bayliss never did something like BEN DID!!!! Fuck off to your pasture Troy Bayliss.
Posted: 15/03/2011 at 14:22
A little on the harsh side A Bee. But I kinda see your point. MKJ. Lets not talk about Carl Fogarty in 500GP's. He was undoubtably a great champion at WSB. Even if he was and still is an egotisical loudmouthed northern gobshite....
Posted: 16/03/2011 at 10:31
I agree Pagik, Fogarty is the greatest champion WSBK has ever had, and garners even more kudos for some awesome TT rides and wins (something Rossi will never have; which should be of some consolation to Ago for all those of his record he’s broken).
But despite whatever he says, and he has, he never performed at GP level and can’t really be compared to the likes of Doohan.
Riders who can no longer cut it at GP level can retire to WSBK and still win races, and championships, while WSBK champions rarely cut it in motoGP. There is no parity between the series.
Still it’s an old chestnut and I do apologise for bringing it up, it just seemed germane to the point... I’ll shut up now... maybe?
Posted: 16/03/2011 at 12:43
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