First of all, I'm not making excuses for Rossi...
I must say... those who keep on saying how Rossi is done
, how he got beat by his teammate, how he should have stayed with Michelin, how Stoner won on the same tire, blah blah... I think you guys are missing a lot of things here...
- The Desmodeci was developed on Bridgestone, the M1 was developed on Michelin;
- 3 Yamahas on the front roll, first time in MotoGP history, with a 2nd place podium, who developed the bike? JB/Rossi. Same for the winning RC211V;
- You guys actually believe slapping some Bridgestone on the M1 will work right away without adjusting or making some changes on a bike that was developed on Michelin?
- Mind you that FIAT Yamaha has practically no data about the Bridgestone, they're pretty much starting from scratch;
- I'm sure Yamaha/Furusawa/JB/Rossi have look into this way deeper than anyone on this forum, and I'm sure they know more about the risks and what has to be done than any one of us.
Yes, I do not believe he's done, actually far from it. When Schumi left Benetton to Ferrari in 1996, with 2 titles to his belt, all the haters thought he was done after having some really bad years and losing the 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 titles. But guess what, he came back in 2000 and won 5 more titles in a row. Also, do you guys know how old Troy Bayliss was when he won the 2006 WSBK title? 37. I believe Rossi can still bag at least one more before he retires.
Let's wait till further down the season before jumping into conclusion, can we?
And shame on you to those that thinking about giving up on him...