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October 7th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #1
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While watching the P.I. race, I was thinking... "Look, just take ROSSI and his Blue Yamaha out of the scene, and we would have the same Stoner absolute domination we've had since 2007".

Rossi is great and I admire him, but I also love to see some serious competition in the field.
Think that even now, with these 800cc and electronics etc., Stoner still crashes during QP and 3 races in a row, Rossi 12th from the grid and just about wins--but Stoner was too far gone to make the gap

Rossi and his Yamaha have spoilt that potential scene for Stoner this season but have made and are making the whole WC really fascinating and interesting. I think deep down Stoner too likes it better like this. He has recently acknowledged Rossi as the greatest champion ever and the toughest contender he ever met.

Otherwise, we would have to content ourselves with commenting Stoners solo greatness, enjoying his scything through the fields and his final inevitable passes on Pedrobot or others.
Like this instead, thanks to Rossi, it is much better. And we are assured that as long as he races, Stoner will have to be at his very best. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

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I predict a riot!
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Good call Curve. It takes two to compete and both competitors are as valuable as each other.
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Well I agreed with the last thread about Stoner and I fully agree with this one too. Great stuff Curve

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Since the inception of the 800's Rossi is the only guy to take it to Casey. What we needed was real competition...yada yada yada

I love these folding mirror threads. My same reply stands for Rossi as well.

The thing is you are dead right, I think a 1 rider domination suxs no matter who it is and another virtuoso on track isn't a bad thing

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Have we seen Stoner qualify badly and come through the pack on the Ducati yet?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (mjpartyboy @ Oct 8 2008, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Have we seen Stoner qualify badly and come through the pack on the Ducati yet?

Dont think that is really the idea. Rossi didnt do this on purpose [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (mjpartyboy @ Oct 8 2008, 07:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Have we seen Stoner qualify badly and come through the pack on the Ducati yet?
Have we seen him qualify badly more than a few times? He was running upper-mid pack early in Qatar this year after starting 4th. When you're on pole every week it's tough to come back through the pack.
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