Doohan says that Honda and Yamaha should have tried harder to break the Rossi-Jeremy Burgess partnership...
Speaking to MCN, five-time (1994-1998) 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ Mick Doohan has said that Honda and Yamaha should have tried harder to break up the Valentino Rossi-Jeremy Burgess partnership, which has already won seven premier class world titles in MotoGP. ‘If I was Yamaha or more importantly Honda, I’d been offering JB and that crew anything it took to get them away from Valentino, to undermine that operation,’ said Mick.
‘You need to unsettle that combination. JB has proven his worth. He’s got lots of world championships under his belt so he’s worth every cent. It’s a cheap investment by the other teams to try and do that. It just makes sense. Even if it was another one or two million dollars on top of what the budget for the year is going to be, for them to have the chance of winning the championship, to spend that extra bit to win is worth every cent,’ added Doohan.
With 78 premier class wins (and counting…) in MotoGP, Rossi is already one of the most successful racers in the history of motorcycle grand prix racing. And The Doctor, who’ll be 32 years old in February 2011, doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. Sure, he’s having to fight harder than ever before for race wins, but time and again Rossi has proved he’s up to the task of taking on younger riders like Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. The wily old master can quite hold his own against anyone and with his move from Yamaha to Ducati in 2011, he’s likely to be hungrier and better motivated than he was this year.
With Jeremy Burgess and crew backing the Ducati-Rossi team, can The Doctor win yet another MotoGP world championship? YES!