MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: I hadn't forgotten how to ride

"I was quite sure that after two bad seasons I hadn't forgotten how to ride. But the way to ride the bike has changed very much" - Valentino Rossi.

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February 20, 2013 5:01 PM

Lets look at the strengths of the top two Honda and Yamaha riders.
Lorenzo - fast and consistent. Pedrosa - Very fast, but only sometimes. Marquez - Youth and speed, but impetuous. Rossi - fast, persistent, crafty.
They are all capable of lapping within tenths of each other in qually, BUT...In a race Rossi is capable of making the rider in front of him go slower. The rider in front has to take defensive lines because Rossi will pester him. Rossi will pounce on the slightest opportunity to pass, and is skilled in creating those opportunities. And once he is past them, , VR is a very hard rider to re-take.
JLo and Dani may not have the racecraft to hold VR back.


February 20, 2013 6:44 PM

That was an outstanding description of Rossi's racecraft and the reason he can win races even though he is not the fastest rider out there. He is also the master of producing competitive laps on tires that have gone away.

livio - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 7:33 PM

Vale ,Vale i am one of your biggest fan ,but when ducati are paying you upwards of 17m euro per season ,in my book you should always be motivated.

Tommy - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 7:48 PM

Tetley, you're overlooking Lorenzo's sheer consistency. When he doesn't win a race, he finishes second. After his rookie year, he finished less than 4th while finishing a race only once. He has 5 years straight on the Yamaha and is at the top of his game. Rossi for sure has the ability to do everything you said, but will have to bring it every single race and be pretty much error free to finish higher in the standings than Lorenzo. A feat I'm just not sure is capable of especially if you throw Marquez and pedrosa in the mix. I'm sure he will win a few races but consistency throughout the season wins championships.

Hemmy - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 8:29 PM

@XXX, seriously buddy, its comments like that that make this place look bad.

In how many races has Rossi beaten Stoner?
In how many races has Stoner beaten Rossi?


SoXXX, by your way of thinking, Hayden is better than Pedrosa?





February 20, 2013 8:31 PM

“Tetley, you're overlooking Lorenzo's sheer consistency. Rossi for sure has the ability to do everything you said, but will have to bring it every single race and be pretty much error free to finish higher in the standings than Lorenzo. posted by Tommy”.
Actually, I'm not overlooking JLo. He is certainly consistent when lapping on his own, but we rarely see him elbow-to-elbow with a rival. When VR46 gets on his tail JLo will slow and his consistency will be interrupted. Also, with the calibre of rider in the top four they will all have to be error-free, or they will be also-rans.
@TedG. I have vivid memories of Biaggi leading, with Rossi nibbling at his backside, and Biaggi going off/falling off because he couldn't withstand the pressure of not knowing which side or when VR would make his overtake. I'm sure you remember those races, too.

dast - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 8:45 PM

I would like to comment on the Toni Elias 2006 race as i was in the pits at PI with some friends of Malandries when Toni was told he was finished for 2007 and as it is with Toni he comes out and does a blinder contract renewed and as with Toni he is never seen again.

Stavros - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 10:35 PM

@ Sam

"Do you remember Laguna 2008, hot much faster Casey was?? and Vale managed to stay in front of him and finally made him make mistake."

Actually the first person to make a mistake in that battle was Rossi. He was very lucky to stay on the Yamaha after he ran off at the corkscrew, had there not been a drain cover there he probably would have dropped it, or lost too much time at the very least.

And in hindsight, of course we can see what an amazing effort it was for Casey to be on the pace with the ducati, let alone expected to win.

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