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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Ausrossi

March 14, 2013 9:15 AM

Sorry herewego I don't buy that entirely one of the things the Yam excelled in and what kept it in touch was that it was the most stable under "hard" breaking. Also I don't think Rossi has a unique style of braking I think he is just very good at braking on the limit. It is was precisely the dodgy Duc frontend that penalised him most. As for sorting it out, obviously, I am merely stating that problems with hard breaking never came up as a problem previously, spinning up under acceleration, lack of grunt yes braking no.

Ausrossi

March 14, 2013 9:18 AM

Lemmy, I know he is a rookie but given that they are all at an unknown circuit Marquez is looking ridiculously fast. Sorry Vale, Marquez it is. Plus I agree Honda since 2011 but particularly 2012 seem to have really pulled their finger out on bike development and the distance is telling. I am starting to think it will be a race between Dani and Marquez (if he keeps a level head)

Unregistered - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 9:44 AM

Lemmi I'd go with Rossi just because he has more experience and also I think he has an advantage over Marquez on the wet. Marquez is looking unnaturally fast but I expect he will be crashing a lot at least during the first half of the season.

DB8

March 14, 2013 9:55 AM

Dont kid yourselves fellow rossi fans. Saying that Rossi is better on race day is a bit of a red herring. In his prime, he was regularly fastest in testing and qualifying. Denying that being this far behind has any relevance is therefore wrong. He's slower than the others, and he needs to catch up.

I think he'll keep improving little by little, as he needs to build confidence (crazy saying that about Rossi), but I think he'll be jostling for position with Marquez for most of the season while Dani and JLO fight for the championship but,like I've stated before, anything can happen, and Rossi can always surprise.

jambop - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 10:24 AM

Testing is testing and racing is racing ossi is a racer so I don't think he will be too concerned just yet! I know its a different bike and all but in the two years Rossi was at Ducati he only on FOUR occassions finished below his starting position on the grid, now thats out of 32 races finished! I must say though that I think every one of the top racers will be looking at Marquez and thinking he is quick in testing AND he is a RACER be afraid be very afraid!

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