MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Rossi's race pace faster and faster

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R - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:04 PM

well, alot has been said about these two riders, the issue is this- None of the two were fastest in all the sectors of the track, meaning that if Jlo were to do a 1.55 or even 1.54, with Vale behind him, then the smartest thing would be to get tows, where Jlo was fast and get right behind him where he was slowest. This has been done by Dani in Estoril,until five laps remaining and pedrosa disappeared past Jlo. But we all can only speculate. When Le Mans and Mugello come we will definetely be able to have better guesses. why? Le mans is not so long, Rossi seems to like shorter tracks, and slower turns favour his overtaking appetite, In italy, well, need i talk about this? Even if he left Ducati, that day they will forgive him, and Jlo, well, i guess you'll have to drink alot of REDBULL, you'll need the wings, my friend!!!!

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:20 PM

@#46Renovation - For me, in any paint to paint duel between the GOAT and JLO, I am betting on #46.

Is that the same GOAT who needed umpteen laps to get past Stefan Bradl yesterday? LOL

No one here has a crystal ball and my guess is no better or worse than anyone else's but Rossi's best chance of beating Lorenzo this year will be:

a) someone takes out Lorenzo at the start

b) Lorenzo is so far ahead in th championship that seconds and thirds will be enough to take the title

c) a wet race

In normal conditions, Vale is going to get spanked by Lorenzo over and over this year, both in qualifying and again in the race and he will probably announce his retirement by the end of it.

Meet you all back here after Austin.

Ride safe.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:22 PM

a shame these new bikes have yet to conquer Casey's circuit lap record set in 2008, before the control tire, but when you invite politics over performance, inefficiency is typically the product on sale.

Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:26 PM

Jorge says something along the lines of "i was pushing to the max" after every race.

But at Qatar, after he built a gap, he just managed the race so as to keep that gap.
The times reflect that.

The big IF is if Marquez wasn't so nervous to spill it on his first race and wasn't held back by Pedrosa would the battle with Rossi had ever happened?

Lorenzo slowed down after lap 8. He got easily bored. And how would've Rossi battled with Lorenzo if he had so much difficulty passing a whole bunch of riders which were way slower than Lorenzo. Let's give him the merit of those fast laps but reality is Lorenzo saw no competition on his board and turned the cruise control on.

I remember the days when Rossi used to come back from last and win. He's still fast but not dominantly fast.

rossi fan - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:07 PM


Your logic is so flawed. you must admit that Rossi was DEFINITELY the second fastest rider on the grid, by a fair margin. So you are saying that Lorenzo is a lock for every win and nobody else has a chance in hell, particularly on any tracks that aren't strongly Honda biased. You must be bored to tears for this championship series. I on the other hand anticipate mad rivalries and awesome HL's all season in a closely contested match. This is only possible if people other than Lorenzo are contesting wins... right???

rossi fan - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:11 PM


P.S. who else other than Rossi and very briefly marquez risked any passes at all off the safe racing line? Even on a track where people were scared to death of the sand off line, Rossi still attacked like a boss. How could you even consider Rossi anything but a killer when it comes to bar to bar racing. Stoner, Pedrosa, Biaggi, Gibernau, Lorenzo and now Marquez have all had a good look at his racecraft, it is not in question, by anyone. My guess is that you became a fan right around 2006, took a two year hiatus in 2008 and returned to the boards in 2010:)

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:14 PM

The Morgue.I think that is a fair assessment.If Rossi had managed a front row start he would obviously have been in a stronger position to challenge Lorenzo for the lead.
This is where that 15 minute qualifying session is going to become absolutley critical.The riders cant afford to make mistakes when they only have such a short time to get as many laps in as possible.You simply cant let someone like Lorenzo get a head start on you,he is too machine like in his lap consistancy.This is what cost Rossi the win.And he knows it.Lets see what happens in Austin.

rab 27 - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:29 PM

i dont agree with the GOAT tag,but ive got to admit he could well be the GROAT,greatest RACER of all time.lorenzo is in a class of one on outright speed now stoner has gone,but the consistency and the fact he knows when to accept a podium instead of pushing too hard for the win means he is the man to beat for the forseeable future.
great to see a happy quick rossi showing he has lost none of his he knows he still has it i dont think there will be as many over eager mistakes in the races to come.

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