MotoGP » Sepang 'reality' for Valentino Rossi

"This is the reality. The first three guys are very fast - Lorenzo and Pedrosa, but also Marquez - and it looks like we need to improve" - Valentino Rossi.

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February 28, 2013 4:46 PM

Not surprising. We get older and slower. Rossi can draw on experience over race distance and thats about it. Bearing in mind Sepang is arguably his best circuit,this test is pretty representative of his potential 2013. Take heart Vale. Consistency saw Nick as GP Champion back in 2006. This will be his target as it was on the red bike. Keep it upright over the weekend and see how it all pans out. A title is always in the offing. No win it or bin it approach from him. Never was.

Ich - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 4:52 PM

@ larry
Capirossi retired long ago.

@ The Hermit
@ Miklos
My thoughts exactly.
This season could be a really close one. Not making mistakes could be as important, if not more important, than winning races..

shaken - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 5:00 PM

He knows the score and while he may yet pull off an upset (by being fastest) he also knows this will be hard if not out of the question. He may win the odd race or 2 but another MotoGP title is looking unlikely. Time shall tell us. Fact is for all his wins, he is not getting any younger. He's an old boy now.

ellis - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 5:02 PM

Rossi needs to be carefull because going by all the problems he defo has spies side of the garage. Why can Yamaha no longer make two bikes that work?

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 5:15 PM

Rossi wont be particularly happy finishing 4th but its about where i expected him to be.After 2 bad years his confidence is bound to be affected,i dont care what anyone says.
But he will get the M1 dialled in sooner or later,i have no doubt about that.
Its just taking a bit longer than he thought.The speed at which Marquez seems to be adjusting to the Honda is quite amazing though.A few people will be watching him with worried looks on their faces.

The last couple of years have not been about real racing but more about time trial riding. Last year Lorenzo and Pedrosa past each other in one of the races I watched on the last lap and Lorenzo said he was pleased to have put on a show for the fans. I think this year now Rossi is on a decent bike Lorenzo had better get used to putting a show on for the fans and coming back in from the race with a bit less paint on the fairing than he started with.

prof-x - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 5:30 PM

really fast? Why is Dani a second off of Stoner's best at Sepang last year? Why is Rossi's best time in 2010 better than anything done this test????

MotoGP is getting slower.

CRT - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 5:35 PM

I love the sandbagging comments. Absolutely priceless.

If Rossi topped the time sheets there would be praise of "The king is back". Since he didn't top the time sheets it's "just testing".

Riding these machines without putting in the maximum is a waste of money to the teams. This is what testing is about. Get a new part or adjust setting(s), push it as best you can, provide feedback, repeat. Tough concept huh?

@ Cobra
Rossi needs to improve his race pace (By his own admission) if he wants to fight with Lorenzo and put on a "show".

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