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 15, 2013 11:38 AM

Seeing as Honda's political power sways Dorna in the rule-writing, it can be no surprise that their bikes (with 2 very, very good pilots of course) are in the ascendancy and likely to stay there.

With a 5-engine limit, a fuel limit and NO rev limit, this creates extremely tight constraints that take a LOT of resources and MONEY to maximise. In other words, only Honda can AFFORD to spend enough. So they have a BIG advantage.

I agree with Prof-x - it may be entertainment, but MotoGP isn't genuine competitive racing. The only competition is between team-mates on the same kit, as there's too many tiers of relative performance thru the field for it to be proper racing.

Realityist - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 12:02 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 "

Because Jorge' is the fastest rider in the team . Until Rossi and his crew can get their bike running at the same pace or faster than the team leader, then they'd do better to keep their heads down and their mouth's shut and work on improving the setup


March 15, 2013 7:07 PM

@ Realityist

Lorenzo isn't THAT much faster, and your suggestion that a teammate can't speak up unless they are faster or at the same pace is just silly. They aren't that far from each other. Both are running 2'04.XXX!

@ The Bad Guy

Based on what those “in the know” have said (which doesn't include posturing contributers), no, not much has changed.


March 16, 2013 12:17 AM
Last Edited 897 days ago

all this crap everyone is saying about vale unlearning the ducati and relearning the yam stinks of loyal stupidity.
its the classic trying to convince one,s self syndrome.
did stoner have to unlearn the ducati and relearn the honda after his switch , not even a little eh , did stoner have to unlearn the honda in 07 and learn the mad duke , most probably , but it took about half a day to do .
you guys are only making vale look slow and confused with all that dribble you are trying to protect him with ,seems i give him more credit than his fans do , vale is riding the yam fine , he is top 5 , honda appears to be a little better prepared att this time just like last year and there are riders that are faster than vale , no problem really just need carmello to turn a few screws on honda like last year.
but he won,t , he has a new spanish star and vale won,t receive anymore help , watch.


March 16, 2013 1:16 AM
Last Edited 897 days ago

What amazes me is how so many people take stock in a one off lap. The best lap of a whole day, taken when they don't care about tire consumption, fuel consumption, or someone sticking wheel in when they make the slightest mistake. When the conditions are as good as they are going to get, the tires are at maximum, turn up the fuel and go for a quick lap. Those lap times aren't what they do in a race. BUT that being said they might be an indicator of qualifying.
Also real lap times are calculated using section by section data, carefully looking at data which we don't get to see.

Roman - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 6:30 AM

"vale won,t receive anymore help " -dacron

Valentino Rossi has fought hard against the best the sport has to offer for the past 16 years and beat all of them. Big battles year after year, he had to earn everything he achieved. Learn your history and stop insinuating some big conspiracy is responsible for his winning record.

Rossi is the real deal, still at the sharp end after all these years. Not riding the Yamaha the past two years has put him a bit behind Lorenzo at this point. We know he'll be there race day though...he always is. Just ask Casey 08, lol.


March 16, 2013 7:12 AM

Rossi is the real deal, still at the sharp end after all these years. Not riding the Yamaha the past two years has put him a bit behind Lorenzo at this point. We know he'll be there race day though...he always is. Just ask Casey 08, lol...... Roman.
2008 is a great year to point out some of the help vale has had over the years , take bridgestone tyres for one while still having a contract to fulfill with michelin , carmello was instrumental in getting him out of that contract and bridgestone into his yard to give him an edge over casey who since that time we seen the ducati get worse every year and the yamaha press forward , seems the real deal had a bad time on the duke for 2 years , casey had to ride it for 4 , still won more races than the real deal on his yam

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