Rossifumi wrote:Come one! he's won 7 premier class titles on a 500cc, 2-stroke Honda, a 990cc 4-stroke Honda, 990cc Yamaha and an 800cc Yamaha - who can come close to that for number of titles and diversity of bikes that they won them on?
I totally agree and never questioned those achievements. I simply said he needs a bike that suits his needs and the Ducati does not. He is apparently not the guy that can jump on any bike and win like most thought he was capable of doing. This is a legacy changer, not an accomplishment eliminator.
Rossifumi wrote:Regardless of what happens from here on, Rossi's place in history as one of the all-time greats is not in question.
Again, you are the only one bringing that up. His record is safe and well earned. However, his legacy has been altered and I don't think he will ever regain his competitiveness no mater what bike he is on. His biggest advantage was his mental supremacy and he no longer has that, probably not with a new bike and certainly not with the likes of Stoner, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and ? around. His relative performance on the Ducati tends to prove that. Having the right bike enabled his championships, but it was his mental supremacy that ensured them.
I'm not anti Rossi. I've tried to explain his situation to the point of excuse making. I've quit trying, just like he has.
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