This morning’s Sydney Morning Herald contains a scathing assessment by Casey Stoner of Valentino Rossi’s stint at Ducati. The short article is worth reading yourself, but tasty bits include the following quotes:
- “I just feel completely sorry for Ducati that Valentino has gone there and done nothing but complain about the bike for almost two years.”
- “They ate their words from day one.”
- “Jerry [Burgess] saying that it would take him 80 seconds to fix that bike and that it was a simple issue and now they have had almost two years and have not made any inroads.”
- “Valentino obviously doesn’t want to push limits and ride a bike that is not perfect, he has admitted that.”
Rossi has reportedly taken a huge pay cut to play second fiddle to Jorge Lorenzo at Yamaha . . . something made clear by a quote from Lin Jarvis at the end of the Sydney Morning Herald article. In contrast with Stoner’s performance on the Ducati, which included a World championship and scores of victories and pole positions, Rossi was only able to manage two podiums (no wins) in his first year and a half aboard the machine. Some feel the bike development skills of Rossi and his crew chief, Jeremy Burgess, have been exposed as a myth.
Stoner again reveals his deep frustration with competitors and fans who have discredited his success for various reasons. We will have more about this in a future article.