http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/motorbikes/6975152.stm Glum Rossi concedes MotoGP title Valentino Rossi (left) has conceded the title to Casey Stoner (right) Rossi (left) admits Stoner (right) is a worthy champion Valentino Rossi says he has given up any hope of winning the MotoGP title and that his Yamaha team must improve. Casey Stoner all but clinched the title by winning in San Marino, where the top three were all on Bridgestones, rather than the Michelin tyres used by Yamaha. "Yamaha must change something," Rossi told Gazzetto dello Sport. "I prefer to do something else than race if I have to race like this. "I don't think anyone likes the tyre situation. There's no battle any more." The Misano track where the race took place is close to Rossi's home town of Tavullia, and his fans turned out in force in the hope of seeing him close the gap on runaway championship leader Stoner. But Rossi's engine failed on the fifth lap and he was forced to limp back to the pits, as Stoner led from start to finish to open up an 85-point gap in the standings. Victory in the next race in Portugal on 16 September will see the 21-year-old Australian crowned MotoGP champion in only his second season in the competition. But Rossi has clearly already given up any hope of winning the title. "Ducati and Stoner deserve to win this world championship and I take my hat off to them," he said. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Here's my take: "I don't think anyone likes the tyre situation. There's no battle any more." Ok, I defended Rossi in the past with his comments on tyres, but now it seems that it's getting a bit silly. 1) Bridgestone is 1st (Stoner), but Michelin are 2nd & 3rd (Rossi, Pedrosa) 2) For years Michelin dominated the tyre wars - it was all good for Rossi when he was winning on Michelines Then there's this pearler: "I prefer to do something else than race if I have to race like this." Talk about spitting the dummy. The guy has benefitted from the best tyres and the best machinery for years and years, winning 5 MotoGP titles, and is the 2nd highest paid sports-person in the world (outside of the USA), and he's complaining loud and long that he's coming second, of all things. Ask every single other rider on the grid if they would rather be in Rossi's position and with his salary, team, tyres, and equipment, and I reckon most would leap at the opportunity, but no, this isn't good enough for Pasta boy because he's not winning and it's become pretty evident that he won't win the championship this year, and now he's spitting the dummy about it. It's the first year of a new set of rules and bikes, but it seems that our Rossi is just too good to accept that he can't always win every championship.