Gustav O wrote:
DJH wrote:Not always in the positive sense either.
You really don´t like him do you?
Yeah, it's funny how it has come about actually. I have cheered for Vale plenty in the past. He brought so much media attention to the sport, made some art-like races with his competitors, and has unquestioned talent.
The further I delved into the sport though the more I disliked the bloke. His attitude towards his competitors, general bad sportsmanship, and some of his moves on track leave alot to be desired.
I am a Ducati fan through and through (but loudly cheer for a certain Repsol bike none the less), and I really believe that this Ducati move has done justice to a lot of petty politics Vale has thrown up since 2007. Put simply, he can no longer question the pedigree of rider he is up against in Jorge and Casey. He has tried throwing his toys out of the pram, blaming tyres, blaming bikes, blaming everything but himself - and I would have LOVED to have seen his face inside of his helmet when he threw his leg over that Duck for the first time. Uccio's face said plenty, but seeing Rossi's would have been the golden ticket. The dent his ego would have taken when he realised what a shitbox Stoner was riding (and beating him) on would have sent his mind reeling. The fact that his 'unquestioned' developmental skills have apparently been left at other manufacturers somehow is the cherry on top.
It's a bit of tall poppy syndrome I'm sure. I'm not hiding from the fact that my thoughts seem a bit spiteful. But in saying that, so were Valentino's.
He has been blessed with the absolute forefront of technology throughout his career. The best bikes, a team with enough credentials to get what they want in a timely fashion.. and to see him now sitting on the other side of the fence for once - Preziosi - "Yes, we understand that you want it NOW.. but you can't have it until May.." - it must hurt. But why should I/we/anyone care just because it's Rossi?
Go and ask a Casey Stoner from 06-10. Ask a Depuniet. Ask an Abraham. Ask a Crutchlow. Hell.. even ask Ducati's nominated test rider for the past year Nicky Hayden. None of these guys get what they want when they want it. But they quietly plug away anyway and try to get the best result possible.
Instead, Valentino throws the manufacturer under the bus when he doesn't get his way.
I just don't like that spiteful play. I don't like comments like "Casey just doesn't ride it hard enough" or "We'd have the thing fixed in no time" or "It was just the Bridgestones" or now its "How good the Honda is" etc etc.
Fuck hey, I haven't really ranted like this in a long time.. but that's pretty much the crux of it.
Let the richy little bastard suffer for awhile. Let him see how the poor kids roll (or the rich kids on shit bikes in the case of Abraham)