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January 17th, 2018, 07:59 AM   #11
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His speed at Aragon was especially odd.
Not especially, Michael Schumacher came back to the Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999 having been off for 7 races and promptly qualified on pole by nearly a second from his team mate.

Rossi was competitive on his return from a broken leg in 2010. As he was at Aragon last yr. Jack Miller returned from a broken leg and qualified the highest he'd been all season and led the first 1/3 of the race.

Maybe having a break mid season refreshes these guys, and allows them to come back faster than if they had been running the full schedule and not getting a rest.
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Yes,I guess that's true. He hasn't become risk averse with age, which is an anomaly.
Well he's got to throw caution to the wind to win the 10th, there's to many more able to but the mockers on that.
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Not especially, Michael Schumacher came back to the Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999 having been off for 7 races and promptly qualified on pole by nearly a second from his team mate.
Cars are so different in terms of risk though. His broken leg is literally touching (through a knee slider) the ground at 200km/h plus...

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Rossi was competitive on his return from a broken leg in 2010. As he was at Aragon last yr. Jack Miller returned from a broken leg and qualified the highest he'd been all season and led the first 1/3 of the race.
Yak was awesome at PI, but he's was a young guy fighting for a ride and fighting to prove himself. I could understand if some of these young demons were foolhardy, but this guy has a lot more to lose after having won and accomplished so much.

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Maybe having a break mid season refreshes these guys, and allows them to come back faster than if they had been running the full schedule and not getting a rest.
Yeah, that could partly explain it. Maybe being away from the bike ad watching rivals win also gets them more desperate to jump back on the thing too.
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In Rossi’s case it’s ego. He is terrified of becoming irrelevant .
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In Rossiís case itís ego. He is terrified of becoming irrelevant .
It's a huge factor, unquestionably. He also seems to genuinely love the taste of victory. It's a mix of a visceral thirst for victory, and a massive ego.
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Yes,I guess that's true. He hasn't become risk averse with age, which is an anomaly.
When have you known an Italian to think shit through?
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What else would he do? Racing motorcycles has been his life for 3 decades.
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What else would he do? Racing motorcycles has been his life for 3 decades.
He could get a job for turbo tax.
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What else would he do? Racing motorcycles has been his life for 3 decades.
I guess the same could be said about any rider, but that alone doesn't explain why VR is still there at this age.
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I guess the same could be said about any rider, but that alone doesn't explain why VR is still there at this age.
As has been said, ego is the main thing. He is the biggest fish in the pond, and to boot he's getting paid handsomely to race the worlds best motorcycles. Who would leave that?

There are three reasons for retiring.

1. You get sick of what you are doing and decide to leave. E.G. Stoner
2. Injury. Eg Doohan
3. Your employer kicks you out. Eg Schumacher at Ferrari in 06

Rossi's ego loves what he does, he is in good health and his employer has told him there is a bike for as long as HE wants it. Don't forget that 99% of other riders would have been finished after Rossi's performance on the Ducati. Any other rider (Hayden is a prime example) would have had a few years max on a privateer bike then been kicked out to the weeds/WSBK. Hayden was a world champion and never got a lifeline back to a competitive factory bike like Rossi has.
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