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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JC Racing - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 3:24 AM

Two years crashing whilst braking for the turns has put a big dent on his self confidence. I hope he gets it back before too long into the racing season. Chasing someone in the first couple of races can't harm.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 1:32 PM

@Realist
People in the know are people who have road/Wrenched on the M1 bikes..and they have said If you dont ride like Jorge the bike will not work 100% to its potential.
Not much longer and all the questions will be answered..My prediction-No Catching Lorenzo on Lorenzo's Bike!

Roman - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 5:42 PM

There are so many gems from Rossi since 96 that we can't even list them here. LS08 was so memorable because of how outgunned Rossi was yet still embarrassed the hell out of the champ Stoner. So much so in fact that he ended up retiring rather than have to face Rossi on a competitive bike. Sorry guys as much as you'd like to believe there is some puppet master pulling the string and magically gifting Rossi his amazing talent to crush the competition it's just so obviously not the case. If it were than Rossi would have run away at the front every race and we all know that's not the case. He fought hard and all the others had their chances and blew it. Rossi's consistency has always been unparalleled. Proofs in the races...I suggest you start paying attention.

Roman - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 5:56 PM

Rossi exposed Ducati like no other rider could, not the other way around.

Every rider failed to have consistant results at Ducati except for the 2007 season which gifted Stoner a championship on an obviously faster machine.

Every one of the many World Champion riders to swing a leg over the Ducati has suffered bad results. It wasn't until Rossi rode the bike that the world learned just how uncompetitive the bike really is. When Stoner was failing 08, 09, 10 people still thought it just might be a sign of Stoner's provenly inconsistent nature.

Realist

March 17, 2013 6:34 PM

@ The Bad Guy

Come on dude. Really? Rossi and Jorge's styles are nearly indiscernible man. Geez! Rossi doesn't need to learn the bike in the manner that you're suggesting. He's just fine tuning his set-up. He's a half second off of Jorge, which is really nothing.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 11:04 PM

@Roman
Who are you trying to convince..Us or youself?

@Realist
Not much longer and we will find out if Rossi is using his "Race Craft" to out smart JLo and the rest of the Grid..Couple more weeks and its put up or shut up...I do feel sorry for Valentino,I think his fans think he's much faster then Vale thinks he is.

Catch Up - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 2:16 AM
Last Edited 642 days ago

Jorge is proving that he is a better rider on the Yam, just like Casey proved he was a better rider on the Duc.
Going to be a great seaqson fight amongst the top 3 with the 4th place going to who knows who.

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Baiting comment removed.

Tetley

March 18, 2013 1:18 PM

Some people support VR46. Some people support CS27. That's OK. Rivalry on track and also in the forums can be fun. But this article is not about CS27. CS27 isn't in MotoGP any more.
Would those "experts" who misuse VR46 threads with the sole purpose of criticising VR46 through constant sniping and incessant references to CS27 please follow their hero CS27 in, and to, a V8 forum. We have heard everything they have to say about CS27 so many times the only thing it reveals is their blinkered obsession. They have nothing new to add. They are just trolling and their comments do not have any relevance to 2013.
You know who you are.

TrueFan

March 18, 2013 1:58 PM

@ Herewego "Even Valentino himself when returning to Yamaha said (not directly to me you understand!!!) nothing much had changed since he was last there!!!!!!"

And here I thought that when VR left Yamaha, the bike was an 800cc. But it's now a 1000cc, a new engine. Which of course isn't "much". I've also read on here ad nauseam that the Yamaha and Honda "leapt forward" as soon as VR got on the Ducati, and Ducati "fell behind", which of course completely explained VR's performance gap. Are you saying (by implication) that those arguments lack merit now?

Maybe he was talking about something other than the bike...and there's not much wrong with the feedback that Lorenzo provides. He won the world championship last year...on this version of the bike.

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