MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: Big gains, some problems remain

"We improved the lap time a lot from yesterday. We are closer, but there remains one second to the top and there are still some problems" - Valentino Rossi.

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March 19, 2013 2:51 PM

Every year throughout VR's career, MotoGP has got more and more political, with the ability of a racer to 'make the difference' being eroded by technology and data only some get all of, and by the fact that the politics and influence of big business mean that some bikes simply aren't permitted to race to win, while others are so far removed in budget and equipment that they haven't a hope.

The gap now between the 'haves' and the 'have nots', plus the off-track limits and deals done mean that MotoGP is a race series in name only - its a complete corruption of the term 'Racing' in any real sense. Its now worse than ever,

VR is at least one of the 'Haves' in that he has a Factory Yamaha. He's one of only 4 guys that have the team, kit and most of all the PERMISSION to be able to race to win.

Marc - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 3:13 PM

Talentfan your mistaken, first you have to show your talent to be able to land a factory gig and it's always been set up where the factory teams have an advantage for a few reasons i.e. superior equipment, superior team, superior R&D and superior riders. The other problem lately is that only two top teams exist, Honda and Yamaha. When was the last time that a non-factory team won a 500/Motogp championship. But added technology has widened the gap.

Marc - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 3:32 PM

Tetley well said this article is about Rossi and about some gains and some problems. His tests have been a mix of encouraging and fustrating. He's still acclimating to the current M1 which has changed a little since his last stint on it plus it 1000 cc v 800cc. Rossi is realizing that his age may have lost him a half step along with the crushing confindence killer he experienced on the Duc hasn't helped. Rossi needs to modify his style to compete with the younger guys. But that all said he'll be competitive this year no matter what the haters say.

Roman - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 4:33 PM

True it's increasingly hard for a non factory team to compete as we'll as many factory efforts. To suggest that certain teams or riders are granted "permission" to win is paranoid, conspiracy theorist nonsense. It does though serve as a good excuse when your favorite rider doesn't do as well as Valentino Rossi.


March 19, 2013 5:48 PM

@ Roman I don't have an outright favourite rider like you have.

As for the 'conspiracy theorist nonsense' - well, it was reported that Gresini wasn't allowed to beat Repsol HRC before, and its not lunacy to see that if Repsol Oil are funding HRC as much as they are, that they aren't going to let a snack co (San Carlo) sponsoring another Honda steal their thunder, and big corporations generally have no morality or sporting nature when it comes to it - its all just business to them, where competition is the last thing they want, and its in their nature to crush opposition any way they can.

So, are LCR & Gresini likely to be denied the opportunity to genuinely RACE a Repsol? I think yes.

Nonsense? No. Likely? Most definitely.


March 19, 2013 5:54 PM

There were calls for Rossi to take a Gresini Honda ride if the Yamaha deal didn't come off. Can you imagine the outcry if VR had done so, and he'd ended up doing the thankless task that Bautista now has (effectively being a test rider for Honda, developing Honda-owned Showa suspension while everyone else gets Ohlins, and knowing full well he's not empowered to race DP & MM)?

You'd have heard plenty of 'conspiracy theorist nonsense' then, if VR was denied every chance to compete at the front if that HAD happened! No-one cares cos its AB, not VR though. Still doesn't mean it ain't happening though.

Roman - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 7:23 PM

Rossi would win on a satellite bike also, stop kidding yourself and us with the BS.

The only reason the sat bikes didn't (don't) show at the front more often is the top riders weren't (aren't)on them.

I guess Elias didn't get Repsols memos. Lol

Roman - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 9:32 PM

To suggest that Bautista, Simoncelli, Crutchlow, Dovisioso, or any other sat rider are just out there to run around with no intention of trying to win races is some thick headed bs to say the least. These guys try their best to win, that IS why they are there.


March 20, 2013 10:33 AM

@ Roman

I didn't expect you to agree. My guess is that you are the perfect MotoGP Fan as far as the corporations and marketing men are concerned.

MotoGP now is just a high-octane variation of a Reality TV show, like a high-speed American Idol or X Factor. Everything that CAN be controlled and scripted, and edited to feed the media and the fans IS. And fans lap it up without a thought, and then defend it. Priceless.

They cannot control the effort a racer puts in, but they have a great many other tools to control just how competitive he is, from the set-up and programming of the bike's electronics and many, many other things away from the track. Of course Cal and Co TRY - that's not the same as having a fully competitive package to race with now is it?

But don't worry, 'your' rider Vale HAS a Factory bike and the tools to win (which IMO none of the top 4 could do on a Satellite bike, despite their obvious talent).


March 20, 2013 10:42 AM

@ Roman

Fair play, its a very bold prediction that Vale would win on a Satellite bike, when its yet to be PROVED that he'll win in 2013 on a full Factory bike.

Given that (despite my belief that so much is 'scripted' reality tv show stuff , & that it'll be a marketing man's / Dorna dream for Vale to be victorious again), I think it quite possible that Vale and Lorenzo's bikes will be equal, and Repsol will be all out to beat Yamaha. So, the battle between the top 4 should be pretty genuine.

If so, then VR has enough on his plate trying to win a race against the other 3 as it is, let alone if he had an inferior package to race with.

Sorry, but IMO to state that Vale would win on a Satellite bike now is naive nonsense. Riders like Cal have been quite clear on that themselves.

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