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October 30th, 2019, 05:25 PM   #31
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If I remember correctly he slammed the door behind him when he left Honda, and Honda remembered it when he tried to come back and asked for a ride. He was offered a satellite bike - which he rejected. I stand corrected.
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, I doubt Honda will welcome him back as a Honda icon.

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That door is shut forever.. that bridge has been burned to ash, over and over.
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So I guess what he is saying is. Honda was right when they said it's their bike that made him successful....
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Rossi new book after retirement, “ What if I had kept my big mouth shut “.
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October 31st, 2019, 08:26 AM   #35
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Not in the real word, no. In real world you can get away with b/s. He can write how he had to fight organized Spanish vendetta against him and there will be no shortage of believers.
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An interesting interview, especially the part where Valentino was asked how he managed to maintain his competitiveness over the years.

He described the riders being fitter, more disciplined regarding caring for their body (sleep and diet), as well as more detailed race preparations. It was funny when he mentioned having to go to doctors asking what best to eat etc.

The same very likely applies to race engineers as the technology improves and evolves. The engineers have to keep abreast and also change their own attitude towards the level of attention to the ever growing details. This may well be why Rossi has felt the need/desire to change race engineers.

There's no doubt that his age is playing a roll in his waining competitiveness but it's likely multi-faceted.
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An interesting interview, especially the part where Valentino was asked how he managed to maintain his competitiveness over the years.

He described the riders being fitter, more disciplined regarding caring for their body (sleep and diet), as well as more detailed race preparations. It was funny when he mentioned having to go to doctors asking what best to eat etc.

The same very likely applies to race engineers as the technology improves and evolves. The engineers have to keep abreast and also change their own attitude towards the level of attention to the ever growing details. This may well be why Rossi has felt the need/desire to change race engineers.

There's no doubt that his age is playing a roll in his waining competitiveness but it's likely multi-faceted.
I think it is mostly (perhaps entirely) his age, which includes perhaps not adapting as well as someone younger to changes in the sport, and in the technology in particular, having developed his riding style with different technology. He may actually not be as good as MM period, hardly a knock on him, but I think he would be ahead of the other 25 year olds if he was 25 and had come up with the current technology.

On the other hand I remain to be convinced moto 3 and moto 2 are good formulae for developing premier class riders, even MM started in gp bike racing on a real race bike, a 125.
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November 8th, 2019, 02:22 PM   #38
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4th last weekend. Man this guy really sucks.
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4th last weekend. Man this guy really sucks.
Actually for someone like Valentino Rossi with 7 premier class titles and 89 premier class wins 4th being the best he can hope for in a good week is sucking, as it would be for MM. He obviously is sucking to a considerably lesser degree than Lorenzo though.

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Lorenzo would go into no-suck mode on a different bike. (Not that he will be given that opportunity.) Rossi needs enormous luck to make it to the podium in Valencia.
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