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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Marc - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 5:56 PM

Someone made a good point that some of the issues Rossi raises on braking and wheelies may be a confidence thing and learning a new bike thing and not the bike. As time goes on he'll improve mentally and physically with adjustments to himself and the bike.

prof-x - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 6:55 PM

nope, hes not having to learn a new bike, hes having to learn how to ride a bike that is poor with the front end, the same front end that is suited to the weak bridgestone front tires that helped win Jorge the championship last year.

The same reason why Ben was burning up his front brakes and having problems with the bike last year is the same reason why Vale was behind Jorge at Sepang and will continue to suck. That M1 is not a fighter and its a poor bike that only got where it was because only the Yamaha could use the B-Stone tires at the beginning of last year.

Sorry - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 6:55 PM


Its better to Divide WSBK and Motogp.. Him Wsbk i can agree that the fight with Edwards and Bayliss was amyzing also because it was for the champion so Do or Die.. But i also enjoy Bayliss im Assen 2007 fightingh with Ducati 999 against the Inline 4 Honda of James Toseland, Bayliss just beat with the perfect amount of aceleration and grip to the line wasy amyzing speacly because was 1000 Vtwin against 1000 4cil...

But him Motogp the best race ever has to be Catalunha 2009 was the most harder and one amyzing battle all race that was only finish on the last corner.. Vale did History that day and was amyzing feeling even for me waching ahaha

prof-x - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 7:01 PM

you guys just dont understand how horrible that M1 is, and how much better the RCV is. Well, Honda domination is on the ticket for the next few years, I know you guys want to be deceived and believe what the GP preachers say on tv.... Thats okay, I understand how tempting lies can be, how they put food on the dinner table and distract people from their sh*t lives, I understand completely, but GPs are a lie, make no mistake about it. You want action, go get a bike and have some fun with some friends, you wont see anything worth while on television.

CRT - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 8:10 PM

Perhaps the Honda is dominating the time sheets because Pedrosa is finally running injury free, and Marquez is in fact that big of a talent.

Perhaps it is Honda who has finally caught up to Yamaha.

Perhaps Rossi just cannot produce the pace of the front runners.

Perhaps if you are so angry at the current state of GP you could switch off and go play somewhere else. Please carry on with your conspiracy theories, they are nothing short of entertaining.


March 14, 2013 8:41 PM

@ Tetley

Excellent point, and it's a fair assessment (..a welcomed change from the heaping pile of negativity that usually litters this site). I do think that Rossi has to “unlearn” the habits he had to develop to get the Ducati to hold a decent line. Rossi and Lorenzo were nearly indiscernible based on the final times of the last test. How come nobody is talking about Lorenzo being 1 sec behind Marquez?

@ Shamarone

Monster, among others. I laugh whenever I read that the bike should have gone to Dovi or Crutchlow.

@ The Mentor

Ehhhh, I think the question will be answered at the end of the season, not at Qatar. Qatar is just ONE of EIGHTEEN questions on the proverbial quiz.


March 14, 2013 8:59 PM

It also amuses me how Lorenzo can make statements about the inability to accelerate off the corners like the Honda's and how the Honda's manipulate the slower turns better, but doesn't receive the disparaging comments that Rossi does when he mentions issues with acceleration, and in his case, issues under hard braking (Rossi's strong point).

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