Don't get me wrong go back to the first race and read my post. I'm a HUGE Rossi fan but he's not anywhere near what he once was and hasn't been. I thought after coming from 7th to 2nd in the first race after nearly crashing out was a great sign he was back but he's not coming back. Winning races in the rain etc don't count much in my book since many times those are fluke wins by non competitive riders and drivers. His team mate regularly finishes and qualifies in front of him which is what he wanted and why he wanted Rossi back there to prove to the world he is better and he is. I don't care for his team mate either but he's better.
Marques is a special case as was Rossi at one time and like all good things they come to an end. Marques will win the title this year the rest are racing for second without doubt. Rossi is racing for 4th mark this down that's where he will finish unless Crutchlow takes 4 and then he's 5th... 30 million a year for 5th in the points is a waste of money. He's no longer willing to put himself at risk he has those voices inside his helmet saying " You're going to die just like Sick did" and he can't shake them.. He's a legend that I don't want to see stay out there too long and either get killed trying to hang onto Marques or worse yet become a joke because he can't beat support team riders on much lesser equipment. It happens to every great one the time comes and it's time for Rossi to go spend that money he has stacked up and party for a few years while he's still a rock star. I HATE IT more than most because I see another Honda Dynasty on the rise and I HATE HONDA! with a passion because they buy the world with unchallenged wealth. Probably why I love Kawasaki so much because they do more with less than anyone else ever has. Only Suzuki has less to work with and they have dominated AMA superbike until this last deal from Graves and Yamaha which by the way Yamaha has almost as much wealth as Honda or at least they are willing to spend as much chasing championships.
Last edited by Gunner; 07-24-2013 at 02:53 PM.