Valentino Rossi has always been a favorite in every season MotoGP champion. But in 2011, in his debut with Ducati, "The Doctor" no longer so taken into account because of poor performance with the Italian team.
This is what many people was shocked and surprised because it did not fit with expectations. Kevin Schwantz was among a large number of people who are very surprised by this fact because Rossi actually slumped in the early 2011 season.
Rossi came to California this weekend with a capital of poor results last week at the German GP. In the race at Sachsenring Circuit, seven times world champion MotoGP finish in ninth position after starting from 16th which is the penultimate, the worst of the season.
The fact shows that Rossi has not been able to overcome the problems faced by the latest version of Ducati motorcycles, GP11.1, the Dutch GP since June 25. Ducati also provide the latest solutions. Rossi will try two motors at once, GP11 and GP11.1 in free practice on Friday to see how it goes. In fact, GP11.1 expected to be the answer to all problems encountered since the start of the season.
So it was natural that many people are surprised by what Rossi achieved so far due to the new one on the podium at the French Grand Prix on May 15 last. Schwantz, world champion 500 cc class in 1993, was sorry about what faced 32-year-old rider.
"I was surprised. I think, have many different motor that has sat Rossi and everything looks fine because he can immediately find ways to overcome them. Maybe not everything went smoothly, but at least he is consistently able to fight in the top five and probably several times reach the podium, "said the man from Texas to the MCN.
"But now is really ironic when I saw her and Nicky (Hayden) did not differ much. It was, always there is great distance between Casey (Stoner, while still in the Ducati) and Nicky."
"Maybe Valentino realized that it was not something he can fix now, and need more time to resolve it. I think he is working hard with patience, than I have."