Yeah, the master of mindgames really fukd with everyone last year. Damn genius that he is! And the master of mindgames really fukd Nicky up in 2006. The days of him being feared are over. Spies isn't afraid of him, The Zo Show surely isn't afraid of him and Casey owes him a few so no one is gonna lay down for him.
Whether he is blowing smoke or not it's not going to matter.
The current crop of riders who can run with and beat rossi aren't susceptible to the mindgames that riders like Giberneau were considered susceptible to. Giberneau was never a season-in season-out rossi competitor compared to the current group of "aliens" who are simply too focused to care about the mindgames.
If the mindgames didn't work when he was in the same camp as Lorenzo and he was the #1 rider, they certainly won't work when he's on another team and Lorenzo is world champ.
So if his shoulder was really screwed for this season be assured the racer in rossi wouldn't let it be known and the money in Ducati would forbid the disclosure.
Either way, imo, he should have called it a season much earlier and let the shoulder properly heal leading into this season, he gained nothing by returning when he did last season and if anything it may have an impact on this season.
This is media relations only, every moment he is seen on a Ducati is money in the bank. Ducati can blow these two seasons with no wins whatsoever in WSC or MGP and still have incredible earnings from this partnership no matter what it cost Ducati to get him on the red menace.
Nice.I have to think that he also honored yamaha and the fans, by racing out the season. Talk shit all you want, that was a classy move, and that's what champions do...