MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Rossi's race pace faster and faster

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pp916 - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:47 PM

Can't read too much into that, once Jorge established his lead he was on cruise control for the rest of the race......if Rossi can tidy up his act, qualify properly and not play bumper cars for the first part of the race we might see.... entertaining as it is it's not the way to beat Lorenzo, he's already long, long gone.....

rossi fan - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:48 PM

Very interesting to see that Lorenzo never really let up, what an obsolute robot. also, Rossi's times are amazing considering he was battling for much of that, and as soon as he got by marquez he popped off another 55! Clearly the only guy who could've challenged Lorenzo's pace. It also adds credence to his claim of being blocked by traffic in qually, he practically ran a qually lap for half the race!!

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 6:00 PM

"It is impossible to know how fast Lorenzo could have gone if he had been pushed by his rivals for longer."

No it isn't.

When Rossi needed to go flat out he got down to his qualifying pace, 1:55.7.

Lorenzo's qualifying pace was 1:54.7. I have no doubt that Lorenzo could have banged out low 1:55 high 1:54s throughout the second half of the race if it were necessary.

I mean Lorenzo did a 1:55.5 on full tanks on lap 2!

He was in a totally different class to all of the riders, including Rossi, when it comes to race pace in Qatar.

slider - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 6:07 PM

Rossi was definitely much closer on race pace than people expected. Even the tv commentators kept saying "will his tyres be worn out from coming through the pack" but he kept going quicker and quicker!

@Martin. Rossi's qualifying time wasnt good, So that is why he is able to match it in the race. Lorenzo did a fantastic qualy lap, so you cant assume lorenzo could have matched it in the race just before Rossi did

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 6:14 PM

@slider - so you cant assume lorenzo could have matched it in the race

1:54.7 would have been difficult to match but high 1:54s low 1:55s would have been more than enough and easily within the compass of Lorenzo yesterday.

I have never seen anyone look so relaxed on a bike going that fast. He was on rails, nowhere near the limit. The only danger he faced was making an error due to boredom.

His pursuers looked like orangutans crawling all over their bikes straining to find an extra tenth somewhere.

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 6:35 PM

@realist - Things change when you're battling. Lorenzo wasn't battling anybody.

He didn't have to. LOL

And unless Rossi can find 1 second per lap, he won't have to in future on circuits like Losail that suit Yamaha / Lorenzo so well.

Lorenzo's biggest threat will be the Repsol Hondas on power circuits. Austin should give us a better idea where we stand in terms of a close championship.

But for sure he has his teammate well and truly covered off, on the evidence of this weekend anyway.

slider - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 6:38 PM

maybe Martin, it is all speculation, but to say that lorenzo could have beat his fastest lap of the race, by doing a low 1m 55s in the second half, is a very big guess.

lorenzo himself said he pushed more than the maximum to break pedrosa early on and no-one else at the front did their fastest lap late except rossi, and that was because he got blocked behind bradl.

so the question should be how much faster could/should rossi have gone in those early laps when the tyres were new and everyone else did their best.

rossi's fastest lap on lap 16 is not normal and shows he did not do his potential earlier in the race.

I do agree lorenzo could have done a lot more 1m 55 if he needed to and i also think he would have won the race even without rossi coming through

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