Nine-time champ Valentino Rossi calls for changes to 'boring' MotoGP
Last Updated: October 23, 2012 4:09pm
Valentino Rossi: Bored by MotoGP these days
Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi says MotoGP has become boring and that changes need to be made to the sport.
This year's championship has been dominated by Spanish duo Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, who have won 12 of the 16 races so far.
Defending champion Casey Stoner is the only other rider to have triumphed this season while Rossi has not won any of the last 37 races.
And he told the BBC: "Now is the worst moment in MotoGP since I joined in 2000. It is the most boring moment. Races are quite bad and it is very difficult to stay awake.
"Now is the worst moment in MotoGP since I joined in 2000. It is the most boring moment. Races are quite bad and it is very difficult to stay awake."
"You look at Moto3, the races are very exciting, Moto2 is fantastic, and then MotoGP is boring. So they have to change the product."
Rossi has struggled since joining Ducati at the end of 2010, managing just three podium finishes, and he will return to Yamaha next season to ride alongside Lorenzo.
"This is not the time in my career to be struggling every weekend like this," said Rossi, "It will be difficult but I think that I have the potential to win some races next year.
"It is a great pity for me at Ducati. It was a dream, it was a great and important bet to try and win for Ducati but, unfortunately, we have no way. It has been two very difficult seasons."
Looking towards next season, he added: "I am at a certain age and I don't know how many years I will continue in MotoGP, so I have to race with the best bike that I can.
"Fortunately, during my career, I have won more or less everything, so I need to enjoy it to have the right motivation. I need to arrive at the circuit every weekend with the chance to fight for the victory. It will be difficult but that is why I change teams."