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Rossi: Ducati and Stoner deserve the title

Rossi: Ducati and Stoner deserve the title

After the disappointment of his homecoming race at Misano, just a short drive from his birthplace, Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi has spoken frankly about his current situation in MotoGP and even stated that he believes Casey Stoner already deserves the World Championship title.

After the disappointment of his homecoming race at Misano, just a short drive from his birthplace, Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi has spoken frankly about his current situation in MotoGP and even stated that he believes Casey Stoner already deserves the World Championship title.

Engine failure early in the race on the Adriatic coast of Italy delivered a hammer blow to Rossi's lingering championship dream. Once the action had drawn to a close The Doctor spoke openly and honestly about what went wrong, about his current standing in the premier class and about the strength of his main rival Stoner on his awesome Ducati Marlboro machinery.

"I was running at 1'35.2s pace, and I could have done a bit better but then the engine went off. At the first turn braking point the engine just shut down," Rossi told Italian television company Mediaset. "Now the engineers have to see what happened. The problem is our bike is not as fast and that's why we need to risk a bit on the technical side. We tried to use a new engine which had never given us any problems, either in Brno or here. The bike wasn't doing so bad but in the end it just broke."

"It isn't nice to say it, but I'm afraid that the World Championship has gone, unless I'm the only one riding. There's no doubt they deserve the title, Casey Stoner and all the guys from Ducati, in particular Filippo Preziosi. They have done an excellent job, and so have Bridgestone. I don't think I've lost the speed or the form to win, so I don't understand what those suggestions are all about. What we should change are some technical things, as right now I'm not in the position to win. That's what I can't stand."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi

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