MotoGP » Rossi: Dovizioso was playing with me

"I think he played with me a little, knowing that on the straight, he could probably beat me to the line" - Valentino Rossi.

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May 02, 2011 4:46 PM

To me it looked like Dovi wasn't playing with him but riding all out. You could easily see that Pedrosa could pass Jorge anytime he wanted - Dani was pulling up on the straight half way down and was choosing not to pass. But it didn't look so easy for Dovi. Looked like Rossi made him earn it.

just Me - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 6:51 PM

"because winning is never enough"

rossi love what he does

but the package seems never fit enough for him

never compared one another to another because they different in all aspects.

rossi is just starting to develop the ducati, not only using what others developed.

they are paid not just to win but to develop some new updates to the previous and for personal reason to enjoy.

LA-Xstream - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 7:19 PM

Its impressive how methodical and calm Rossi has been so far this season, even heaping praise on fellow riders such as dovi and simoncelli, even more so considering he only really 'knows' how to be on top or more frequently the podium. It really has impressed me, and i dont just say that as a fan of his. Very professional. Can one imagine the tantrums if it were stoner or lorenzo who were stuggling mid-pack?...

Be sure Rossi'l be up there next coupla races.

Westminister - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 7:26 PM

Dovi's inability to pass Rossi for most of the race is a testament to Rossi's racecraft. That was probably one of the toughest gets, in Dovi's career even if it was only for fourth. But the confidence boost should allow him to up his game, just that much more to prove his quality...

HRC are too high on Pedrosa, Stoner, Simoncelli, and Marquez, leaving Dovi the forgotten man. I think he would be better off going to somewhere like Yamaha or Ducati. Because it looks like Dovi, along with Aoyama and Elias are not getting the attention the others are receiving...

Hopefully he is on a very short list for a resurgent Suzuki racing effort, or a revived Kawaski attempt. If Aprilia or BMW have a go at it, Dovi should be the first name on the list...

Hondas are really working well this year - my old CBR is clocking a dozen more kph

That poor joke cleared, I would like to say to Rossi "Well you just should leave him one or two seconds back. Didn't you know that by 2006?"

mick - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 7:40 PM

The reason Honda are "too high" on Stoner and Pedrosa is because they are the only 2 riders on the grid this year who have a chance of denying Lorenzo his second world title!
Can you see Dovi stopping him?
No,neither can i!


May 03, 2011 6:08 AM

@ Rawdawg.
Plain as the nose on your face that Pedro could have pulled his move off at any time. However the commentators we have down under could not see that. Geez, sometimes you wonder what people are looking at to come up with their versions, aye?
Except for Simo's stack and Spies falling off, I got a lot to look forward to out of the race. Pedro has finally grown some nuts. Beleiving in himself, and showed his ability. Lorenzo as good as ever. Stoner, well??? Rossi making progress ever race, and Dovi proving he can only mix it up the front on rare occasions. Pity that. Simo is going through the same as Lorenzo did in his 1st year, finding the limits. Looking at it being a bit tighter at the front next round.


Desmo Guru - Unregistered

May 03, 2011 7:29 AM

Stop making excuses Rossi. Sore shoulder, prostate & whatever.
Get on the bike and just ride it.
Dovi was not "playing with you" - you choked on the last corner and thats what gave Dovi his fourth place.

Had high hopes when you signed to Ducati - now Ducati stuck with an uncompetitive rider for rest of the season.

Do not be happy that you are currently useless with your results, rolling around the back of the pack - pull your finger out and at least get remotely near the front.
I hope Ducati are not funding your retirement season.

UserM4 - Unregistered

May 03, 2011 7:49 AM

Rossi and his Chief are masters at tuning bikes to fit his style but starting with a such a rigid chassis, it's going to take time to develop and adapt. Hopefully Ducati will accommodate their wishes and input into the 2012 bike.

The RCV and M1 are what they are today because of Burgess and Rossi.

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