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July 20th, 2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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It's already apparent that battling against the machine is wearing on him. Commentators like Kropotkin have observed he is not as chirpy in press appearances as he used to be. The Duc has earned a reputation as a career killer. What do you think Rossi's psychological state will be after his stint at Ducati (assuming things don't markedly improve)?

P.S. - There is a obviously a typo in the title, instead of 'with', it should be 'will'. I sometimes type faster than I think.
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July 20th, 2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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I doubt it. I think the guy is too good to be psychologically ruined by what is clearly a flawed bike. He knows the problem isn't him. What I would be more worried about is the possibility of a career-ending injury on the thing.
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July 20th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #4
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Won't break him at all but frustrate him more than anything else being a competitve rider - for he and all of us know with a good bike he would be up there fighting for podiums........

I wish so for it would be a fight amongst the 4 being CS Ped Lolli and JL.

Shupe - he won't get a career ending injury he's not pushing the "thing" beyond its limits
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July 20th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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What about psychological state of Ducati??
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July 20th, 2011, 11:25 PM   #6
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It won't cause him mental illness but I think he has already given up. I don't care how bad the bike is Rossi is not a 16th place qualifier. He knows he can't ride it and he can't get his mind to let go and go past the limit. The bike can be physically ridden and won on, Stoner proved this so it can only be the mind that prevents others from doing it.

To be honest I don't blame him. He is not some young kid who is trying to prove himself and can come back from multiple big crashes. He is a seasoned performer who doesn't want to chuck himself down the road and spend time in a hospital bed. He wants to enjoy the fruits of the last 10+years in good health and good on him for it.
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July 20th, 2011, 11:41 PM   #7
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Break him it what sense? He has been getting increasingly less chirpy sinse 2007 really and it is obvious he isn't a youth anymore. Since moving to Ducati his motivation is obviously suffering because he knows every trick he has wont get the bike on the podium. He also knows that every trick Stoner had could get it on the top step. We have seen on more than one occasion this year that Rossi has been unwilling to push the bike far enough to extract any significant performance from it. But i have no doubt that if he got back on a Yamaha for a couple of races he would be straight back at the front where he belongs. He hasn't forgotten how to ride and he hasn't lost his competitive edge or his love of racing. If he had he would already have walked away
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Not broken permanently, but occupying a state of silent despair and perhaps reflection.

At night he wonders how his ego persuaded him to move from the sorted Yamaha to the Dogati.
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I'm more concerned about Burgess and Preziosi.It can't be easy being any of them right now.
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