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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Matt - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 11:12 AM

I've enjoyed watching Rossi over the years, but I think that bike should have gone to Dovi or Cal.

He should have been on the pace pretty much from Day 1, Marquez has been quicker at every test and he's had to move from 600 to a much bigger and more powerful bike, not back to an old friend.

Hopefully it will change come the races but very disappointed in his performances so far.

Simo58 - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 11:25 AM

Problems under hard breaking?!

Thats a bit worrying as late/hard breaking is Rossi's best attribute.

So apparently the Yamaha now ha problems in accelaration, top speed and in breaking. The only thing left is corner speed which thankfully it still has!

I hope they get these issues sorted in time for Quatar.

FZ1 - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 11:58 AM

Ross i has been in this position before at the beginning of the season riding a Yamaha and he's been able to sort it out. It's probably a good thing Yamaha has brought him back because his experience will pay dividends closing the gap to Honda. Honda is a power house team this year. Great bike and great riders. I really wish Stoner was riding this year.

Marquez is really scary. It's not very often we see a rider come along that is that fast as a rookie right out of the gate. I'd say we're seeing a new chapter in MotoGP, one where other riders will have to adopt an different approach or be left in the dust. If he's this fast and agressive now what the heck is he going to be like in 2 years?

jambop - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 12:11 PM

These figures are entirely unofficial!! They really mean not a lot in real terms. ALL the riders could be posting times that are not what the acheived or they could be posting times that are way better than they acheived we really don't know! But thinking about what Rossi in particular has done in the past it would not surprise me to find that this time is not totally representative of what he may be able to acheive, he could be playing games. Before you all start the slag fest I said he could be, but think about it he has been away from a good bike for two years he may not want his rivals to know what he has in the tank until the first race! Nothing deflates an opponent more than getting something from left field they were not expecting. I will wait until the first race has finished before making any conclusion as to what Rossi or indeed Marquez will do in the season as a whole.


March 14, 2013 12:40 PM

"I am not very good under brakes"
It is probable that VR46 had to change his previously excellent late-braking style a lot to get the Ducati into turns, and now he must "unlearn" those bad habits. It may be that there is nothing wrong with his Yam and it just feels so very different to what he has been fighting with for the past two years. The Ducati had to be forced round turns and the M1 almost certainly needs a more delicate touch,
I'd guess that Rossi needs to get "dialled in" to the M1 as much as "dialling in" the bike to suit him.
He can't do it at Austin, but at tracks where he has Yam data from previous races he'll be able to overlay his current data and see where the differences are, and where his riding technique needs to be adjusted.

Fan of Racing - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 12:52 PM

We won't know anything until the first race, but to me it looks like the Honda is the bike to be riding this year. Just hope by then the Honda & the Yamaha on the same level so the best man wins.

Testing - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 1:00 PM

Unlicke Ducati, Yamaha dont have to worck to much to fix small problems, the Honda is stronger bike i think its clear even compared to 2012 sesson Lorenzo after the Mid sesson couls not fight to much with Pedrosa, the Honda was faster im aceleration and it loocks like it still have a bit of more then the yamaha.. Anyway Yamaha until the sesson start will fix or improve this problems.. what is importante is that the gap is closer now speacly to Lorenzo and i repeat on a race day the history can be diferente.. lets chill and have confidente on the Worck this guys are doing...

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