Looking at Rossi in the past - he's always been ace on the brakes. He could brake later and turn better than anyone else. His ride depends on know what the front end is doing. Is the Ducati giving him that feedback? Stoner is certainly the man to beat, but he did spend his first season crashing before he got to grips with the bike.
Face it. We are all guessing. I'm also guessing that Jeremy Burgess is also not running the team? That in itself would make a HUGE difference. I've noticed in the races so far that VR doesn't stick his leg out flat track style like he once did. Seems to me he has no confidence in that front end. Which would explain Nicky's early good showing. Hayden does flat tracking and just about any kind of motorcycling during the off season of MotoGP. I'm not saying he's a better rider than VR but maybe he can adapt to shite front end feel and other defects better?
I havn't googled but it sure seems like Burgess didn't go to Ducati and a good rider wants his security blanket. The team manager is vastly underated imo.
btw VR will race WSB in the future.
Indeed he did:
You know what, Joe, I reckon you might've hit the nail in your first post.
Runnin' over Slideshow, through no fault of his own, has made a massive impact on his mental state.
Just watchin' his body language, you can tell that isn't the Rossi we know & love. T'is sad to see and I wish a magic wand to could be waved to make it all better again.
Again, we're all just guessin', only one dude knows the real reasons.
I miss that mad haired bastid
He's not lost his Mojo, his wet times show that, but he has become more cautious perhaps as a result of the Marco death. He wants to win, that is obvious, but his faith in the bike and perhaps his hunger have been dampened. I hope he does get a result soon and that we see the clear brilliance of his riding again. Perhaps he needs to adjust to the bike more and ride the bike, not his ride.
2nd this morning in 1st practice... once again proving HE is on the pace... it's only once the pace gets to the last 1% the bike can't manage it (IMO)