Valentino Rossi: "Lorenzo Will Be World Champion One Day"

It is no secret that Valentino Rossi is uncomfortable having Jorge Lorenzo as a team mate. The young Spaniard has raced with and even beaten Rossi on a number of occasions this year, and has pushed Rossi hard for the title. The fact that Lorenzo is doing this on exactly the same equipment as Rossi - a bike that Rossi has spent the last five years developing - merely makes the situation even worse.

At Sepang, Italian and Spanish journalists quizzed Rossi about Lorenzo. "He is very strong, consistent and younger than me," Rossi said. "He is going to be difficult to beat in the next two races, but also in the future." Rossi acknowledged that he expected Lorenzo to be a World Champion one day. "He will be a World Champion," Rossi said, "But I hope he won't win as many as me."

Having such a tough rival, Rossi told reporters, has provided the Italian enormous motivation. "I think Lorenzo has been one of the hardest rivals I have ever faced," Rossi said. When asked what made Lorenzo so tough, Rossi pointed to the way Lorenzo wins races and his capacity to overcome mistakes and adversity.

But Rossi also pointed out that Lorenzo would face tough competition from the rest of the Fantastic Four. "He, Stoner and Pedrosa are the future," Rossi said, "And I can see a great rivalry between Lorenzo and Stoner." When asked which of the two was stronger, Rossi couldn't say. Both riders are very strong, in Rossi's opinion, and each have their strengths. "Stoner is always fast, in all conditions, and right from the start. Psychologically, Lorenzo is a rock, and he never gives up."

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Much like how Matt found he needed to elevate his game
when Ben came to town...

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Lets not forget Simoncelli. He has been absolutely incredible, in my opinion, and even on a satellite honda should figure strongly in the WC.

It could be a truly amazing year for MotoGP in 2010.

"Stoner is always fast, in all conditions, and right from the start. Psychologically, Lorenzo is a rock, and he never gives up."

That there is all you need to know...

is spies can join the elite. it's not a given by any means- especially as he is physically a much bigger and heavier rider than pedrosa, stoner, and lorenzo. this will also be a handicap for simoncelli- but it seems to not have hurt him too badly in the 250's, where it would be more pronounced.

how much longer can rossi be the dominant moto gp rider?

[It is no secret that Valentino Rossi is uncomfortable having Jorge Lorenzo as a team mate.]

Think about that, and this...

[ "He, Stoner and Pedrosa are the future," Rossi said,...]

...in the context of the Rossi to Ducati rumors.

So Ducati would have to make a decision: Do they want to alienate Stoner -- aka "the future" -- by signing Rossi, who, while in the minds of many the best ever, may have seen his fastest days.

Sounds to me like the words of someone planning to retire. IMO Rossi will not be in MotoGP come 2011. He has nothing to gain by switching to Ducati and everything to lose by risking his reputation...I just don't see it happening.

I fully expect Rossi to stick with Yamaha until he's finally passed Agostini's all-time win mark. Loyalty to Yamaha for sticking with him when things went tits up with Honda and all that.

Afterwards, I could see him doing one additional season on a Ducati - just for the fun of it. Nothing left to prove other than possibly winning races on three different marques.

PERSONALLY I THINK ROSSI WILL STAY IN GP FOR AT LEAST ONE MORE YEAR, THE RECORD IS ALL HE REALLY CARES ABOUT, AS FAR AS A CHALLENGING RIDER, NOBODY EVER HAS BEEN ABLE TO STAY WITH HIM FOR MORE THAN A YEAR, EVERYBODY BREAKS, THE ONLY CHALLENGE I SEE IS WITH HIMSELF, HIS AGE AND HIS STATE OF MIND AS FAR AS STAYING POSITIVE AND CHALLENGED.
FernandoARG

Hi, been lurking here for a while, but my first comment...

Rather than striking me as the words of someone planning to retire, Rossi's comments seem just tailored to the "Italian and Spanish journalists" he was speaking with. At a meeting where he must race conservatively, no need to rile the boys up... IMO. I think Rossi's comments are frequently tailored to his immediate audience.

As for Spies being the 5th alien, that is just wishful thinking at this moment. Yes, it could happen. Yes, the man has talent and experience and toughness. But that alien label must be earned in MotoGP, not in WSBK, and it has not happened yet. I hope he makes it, would love to see it, but let reality play out before bestowing that title on the man, IMO.
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Quoting eah above... "So Ducati would have to make a decision: Do they want to alienate Stoner -- aka "the future" -- by signing Rossi, who, while in the minds of many the best ever, may have seen his fastest days."

First, I think Ducati would alienate Stoner to sign Rossi, if they have the possibility to do so. Why? Because they are Ducati. And because he is Rossi. Enough said, IMO.

Second, it may not be an issue. Stoner's health and his return to top form remains a questionmark, until the full season of 2010 plays out.

Third, in either event, the silly season of 2010 will be a barn-burner for sure, so tighten up your chin strap and hang on tight for the most exciting silly season I can remember (starting summer 2010).
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STOP SHOUTING AND TURN THE CAPS OFF!!!

it's more polite.

btw, lewtheshow, i never said that spies would be the 5th alien, i said it's possible, but it's not certain. if anything, i agree with popmonkey, and think the 5th alien is more likely to be simoncelli rather than spies.

it would be nice to possibly have 6 guys who are in with a chance for a win- wouldn't that be something? it would be like the old days with rainey, schwantz, doohan, lawson, and gardner- or even schwantz, rainey doohan, beattie, and cadalora.

With all this talk about five aliens, six aliens, etc., keep something else in mind.

Law of averages says one of these anointed ones is due to have a miserable season soon, putting him back in the pack with the also-rans.

The question is: Which one? Remember, bad seasons are not the sole property of the Hayden's and Melandri's.

Good point. Casey Stoner just had a bad season. With the Aliens, a bad season gets you 3rd in the championship, and close to 2nd place. 

Actually, when I'm thinking bad season I'm not considering Stoner's season a bad one - just troublesome and handled. When I'm thinking bad season, I'm thinking Giberneau's final season (not counting the abortive comback) or Melandri on the Ducati.

The kind of season that has you finishing below Edwards, and cheek by jowl with DePuniet. And (temporarily?) removed from the classification of "alien".

And I'm really convinced one of the four are due. Nay, overdue.