Here's a question: What do you think of him withdrawing?
Everyone has been talking about how it will affect the champeenship and how Nicky had best step up his game etc but what do you guys think about him actually withdrawing from the next 3 races (possibly more)?
Quite honestly I think it's a bit of a pussy move. I mean I've seen riders compete with injuries that meant they had to be almost carried off the bike (Mick D) and could barely walk (Jorge last year), I've seen riders compete when they've been ill or busted up or emotionally devastated due to the loss of a team mate (Sete) or a family member. But you know what? THEY KEEP RACING! I think it's the mark of a true champion that you just keep slogging it out, no matter what.
Not only has he thrown away ANY chance that Ducati had of winning the title - and this IS racing so as far as I'm concerned they were still in the hunt, Rossi could crash, hell he just put it in the dirt this weekend, we all know Lorenzo is only one high side away from injured again - but he's shown himself to be weak and quite honestly - again i.m.o - a bit of a prima donna. I've never heard of a racer voluntarily withdrawing from a championship due to 'health issues' especially when he was sitting in a decent overall position. Unless I'm wrong this is unprecedented, very disappointing and it has GOT to be forcing Ducati to question whether he is still the right rider for the team.
He can't beat Rossi consistently and is being forced to actually RACE for wins or podium spots and all of a sudden he develops a mystery illness that he can blame his results on?
I would give him more credit if he dogged it out, put his nose to the grindstone and came home 12th in every race than I give him for this.
Like I said b4 this is a pussy move regardless of how 'ill' he is.