Valentino Rossi: 'MotoGP is boring'

MotoGP legend is not impressed with the state of his sport

IN AN interview with the BBC, 9-time world champion Valentino Rossi pulled no punches in his assessment of the current state of motorcycle racing's premier championship, calling it boring.

Speaking to Matt Roberts from BBC Sport, Rossi described MotoGP as being in the midst of its 'worst period since 2000'

He went on to say that the quality of the racing, despite faster bikes and better riders than ever, remains poor and is 'boring'. Rossi also called for a 'lot of changes' in the future to the sport, dominated this year by the two Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa who have won 12 out of 16 races between them. In a frank assessment, he opined that 'races are quite bad and it is very difficult to stay awake.'

Describing Moto2 and Moto3 as 'fantastic', Rossi complained that young, exciting riders making the step up to MotoGP are quickly sanitized and become 'too serious'.

Earlier in the interview, he spoke of his disappointment with his time at Ducati - stating that to race for them had been a 'dream', but that at this advanced stage of his career, he is no longer prepared to 'struggle every weekend'.

Rossi said - 'I am at a certain age and I don't know how many years I will continue in MotoGP, so I have to race with the best bike that I can.'

Despite his pessimism regarding the current outlook of the sport, Rossi seemed excited by the prospect of moving to Yamaha and stated that he feels he has the potential to win races.

Perhaps The Doctor will be a bit less scathing if he gets back to winning ways..?