Photo of the Week: Vale Spettacolo

01/30/2012 @ 8:07 pm, by Scott Jones5 COMMENTS

MotoGP testing is about to start in Sepang, and the future of the Vale Spettacolo is once again a hot topic as fans wonder if the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 will cooperate and allow Valentino Rossi to fight at the front. If not, we’re likely to see fewer close-ups of Rossi’s happy face in the world feed.

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  • Gonzo

    Is it me, or does he seem to have aged prematurely? Maybe it’s just the stress of fighting with a crap bike last season. My dream finish for 2012 would be Suter/Repsol/Ducati, but I’d settle for Stoner successfully defending his title, and Suter coming in second. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Honda man, but have had a soft spot for Beemers that just got bigger when I bought my S1000RR.

  • here it is the full interview with Vale after today’s tests:

    asphalt guys, you can post it fully with some related link is ok.

    best regards.

  • Sleazy


    he IS old. we’re all getting older. i mean this guy has been winning since just after Doohan. he’s not the young sprite on an aprilia anymore.

  • Gonzo


    I guess it’s because I hardly ever see him without his helmet, I just have this picture in my head of a younger dude. I do wish him well though, even if he’s not reppin’ Repsol anymore!

  • adam s

    yeah, in my mind he’s still sporting a cape and driving a chicken around on a 500!