Rossi’s new leathers

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“Although everything is still far from ideal shape, I’m doing therapy, but for now I suppose [I won’t ] get 100 percent fit by May 1.” These are the first images of Valentino Rossi wearing his new red, white and yellow Ducati leathers. At the multi-day team launch, the rider was finally able to speak about his early experience with the Ducati GP11 and his hopes for the 2011 season.  He’s realistic about the challenges he faces after last year’s huge highside and shoulder surgery and now with the need to develop a new bike.

“Right now I have to work harder on myself than on the bike,” Rossi stated. “But I know there is much work to do to make the best Ducati or at least closer to my style of driving, we say that Malaysia will be at 70% and I can have a different picture of the situation with respect to Valencia, where at one point I could not longer drive.”

“When the doctors that I have worked are entered in the shoulder, they realized that the injury was more serious than expected. During the last season, though, I did not felt to shoulder surgery before the end of the races . I could intervene during convalescence after breaking leg in Mugello, but it would not mean back on the bike for another three months, I would have been confined to bed, without even being able to walk with crutches. The other option would have been to operate after the Australian GP, skipping the last two races. But I knew that I could race at Estoril Valencia and finish on the podium. Besides making the choice to work after the test I could try the Desmosedici, although not in top condition.”

“The Desmosedici is really a prototype. Totally different from the Japanese bikes, which are closer to the bikes of the MotoGP series made them famous. Be driven in a completely different way. The curves are very gleaned and delivery is very sharp. I am sure that with my experience and one that my team with Jeremy Burgess we make the Ducati a bike more suited to my driving style.”

Rossi’s answer when he was asked about the possibility of installing a Yamaha-style wall between his and Nicky’s garages was perhaps most indicative of the culture at the new team.

“Right now, I am having to look at the structure of Nicky, if there was no sharing of data I would be ruined! Joking aside, the situation here is different than in the past where I had to protect the work I had done.”

  • Turf

    How sad is it that I consider this one of the best things that ever happened in my life?

  • Wes Siler

    Are you the nation of Italy?

    • BeastIncarnate

      It’s like Saint Patrick’s Day. For a moment, we’re all Italian.

  • Mr.Paynter

    I’m glad they didn’t go over-the-top with the yellow.

    I love Rossi’s affinity for the colour but I was wondering if they’d look like Ronald McDonald’s leathers but thankfully not!

  • tomwito

    Let’s see the BIKE! Or is it the same as last year?

    • Wes Siler

      I think they’re working up to that.

  • damien

    +1 on those leathers. Kind of a retro look.

  • Michael

    Man, The Doctor needs to see a doctor. He looks frighteningly thin in those photos.

    Go Rossi. Looking forward to seeing him stick it to Jorge in 2011.

    • Roman

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. He’s looking pretty sickly.

    • seanslides

      Take a look at the physical stats of the rest of the MotoGP guys, and you’ll notice they’re all pretty damn skinny. Rossi weighs in at just under 150, and stands 5’11. I’m about that height, and when I’m riding my bicycle a lot, and cutting back on my girlfriends delicious baked goods, that’s about where I end up. Muscle is heavy, and carrying around more than you need to move the bike around is just extra weight.

  • Myles

    The Yellow looks stupid. Lorenzo is going to have a hell of a year (many wins, a few crashes – great but inconsistent) for Yammy. Honda will win manufacture’s title.

    As it was written, so it shall be.

  • 2ndderivative

    Thanks for keeping this in Rossi-English.

    • Wes Siler

      Ha, I love Rossiglish.

  • Chris Davis

    I’ll say it. That suit looks hopelessly generic and the yellow was an afterthought. I’m certain it is as technically perfect as could be and the materials are all befitting his stature as well as that of Dainese. However, the stickered-up look of the shoulders and sleeves seem as though they were inspired by NASCAR fenders. Clearly all the sponsors wanted white backgrounds for their logos, so Dainese should have just provided white panels for those logos and met the team’s need for red elsewhere. It’s a very off-the-shelf solution for a decidedly custom suit.

  • Terry

    I’m going to go ahead and admit now that yesterday, after the video was posted, I visited the VR46 website to see if they had updated it with any Ducati merchandise. Apparently it wasn’t a *total* media launch down to the hour, because there’s still Yamaha-branded stuff there.

  • Case

    I think those leathers are ugly. Last years Ducati leathers looked much better. As Chris points out, the sponsors appear to have demanded their logs on a white background. Or maybe Ducati offered it? Either way, it looks haphazard and cheap. Which is a shame, since the suit is neither.

  • Archer

    At least the suit still sports “WLF”.

  • BrammoBrian

    Anyone else notice that Nicky Hayden has ditched Alpinestars and will be wearing Dainese leathers this year? I wonder if losing his knee puck at Indy had something to do with it…?