Rossi: I didn't realize Stoner's value
There are only five days remaining in Valentino Rossi's Ducati adventure. Two days after that, he will be back on the Yamaha M1. Two years after riding the Desmosedici for the very first time, the Italian rider now seems anxious to move on: "In all my career I never made a bad choice. Now I've made one,” Rossi told Sport Rider magazine.
When later asked about Casey Stoner, the man he replaced at Ducati, Rossi had nothing but positive things to say: "Casey was the only one rider that could be fast with the Ducati; all the other guys that tried have destroyed not only their careers, but also their minds. So congratulations to Casey. Two years ago I didn't understand the difference between Stoner and the other Ducati riders, and after two years that I ride the Ducati I still don’t understand.”
The Doctor isn't throwing in the towel, however, and hopes to return to form on the Yamaha: "Mentally I am not destroyed, especially because I have another chance. But my time at Ducati was very tough, a very difficult two seasons, especially very frustrating because the bigger frustration is, apart from the bad result, the bad feeling that more or less we had the same problem that we had in Valencia in 2010 with this bike, after two years. And sometimes you have the feelings you waste your time. And this is the bigger frustration. For sure it will be very hard to say ciao to the guys. But at the same time we’re not able to achieve any good results so is a good decision for me and I cannot wait to ride the M1.”
Translation by Sean Sedacca