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No. He will definitely win another championship. 9 21.95%
He wont win another world title but will still win many more races. 11 26.83%
Yes. It happens to the best of us. Even Valentino Rossi. 14 34.15%
I dont care as long as the racing improves now that the 1000s are back! 9 21.95%
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post #1 of 82 Old 03-31-12, 07:43 Thread Starter
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Is Rossi past his prime, or was last yeat just a blip.

Just wondering where you all think Rossi is at career wise.
Are there more championships to come or had he had his day?
Has he won his last race now that he has gone to ducati?
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post #2 of 82 Old 03-31-12, 08:19
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The jump to Ducati was as much hubris as anything else. You take a guy with that level of skill, offer him gobs of money and tell him he can build the Ducati legacy with the new bikes and he can't say no.

He won't finish his career on a CRT or anything, but unless he slinks back to Yamaha or Honda, his winning days are done. They have been outmatched and the exotic things they did have been culled in favor of the traditional (Aluminum vs CF frame, etc). Now they are in a box their creativity can't get them out of.


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post #3 of 82 Old 03-31-12, 08:35
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I just finished watching Fastest last night and I was wondering the same thing! I hope he's still got more left in him to put Lorenzo in his spot!

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I dont know, look at how old bayliss was when he won his last title!
I think we'll see a few more wins yet but a title would take alot more work and everthing depends on whether they can get the tyres to work consistanly or not.

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I don't think he is past his prime but I do believe he is slipping down the ranks a bit.

With that said, Rossi's Biggest downfall was switching to the Ducati. I think it's really dragging him down. Had he stayed with Yamaha I think he would be doing much much better.


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Is he past his prime maybe. But the biggest downfall for Rossi was switching to Ducati. Put him on any of the other top teams bike IE factory Honda or Yamaha and this question wouldn't even be being asked. The only person who could ride the Ducati with any success was Stoner and there where some pretty damn good riders who've tried.
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Rossi switching to ducati just showed how good Stoner really is. I hate admitting it but it is true. Stoner looks absolutely unstoppable on the repsol bike and It is hard to see him not winning the whole thing this year as long as he avoids injury. Rossi is going to have to get away from ducati if he wants to win again.
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I enjoy watching him, and as long as he keeps designing sweet helmets I will be happy hahaha.

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I have been saying for years that Rossi used to have a knack for finding good rides, giving the false impression he's THE BEST BIKE DEVELOPPER EVAAAAAARRRRRR, but he's gone in favour of big money, and greatly misappreciated how difficult the Ducati was to ride, and how good Stoner had to be to make it win, so he got what he deserved.

I still hope he pulls his head out of his ass and gets back to the top 4, because otherwise the season will be boring, even if Lorenzo seems on the move, and the more fragile tyres + MOAR power might make it more interesting.

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