MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Extra motivation for Valentino Rossi

“Austin will not be an easy race, but for sure the podium in Qatar is giving us extra motivation” – Valentino Rossi.

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Dr.Who - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 1:54 PM

I'm not sure if we saw the potential of the M1 during the test over there.
Marquez had the pace to get a podium spot and could battle with VR.
It can't be only the sand what's to blame for Dani's performance the circumstances were for everybody else the same, I wouldn't be surprised that Yamaha could go for the win this weekend. It's a new track with a slight advantage for Repsol Honda, Honda LCR and the factory Yamaha team.
It was a test on a new track it was all about getting some laps done, learn the track and with VR on a competitive bike we all know what he once said: "When I ride my bike, I do it to ride for victory" points are given during the race not during test laps.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 2:09 PM

No reason why he shouldnt be there at the pointy end of things.The track seems to favour the Hondas but i dont think there will be a lot in it come race day.They know they will have their work cut out but i think things will be closer on Sunday than during the recent tests here.What Rossi doesnt want however is a repeat of the qualifying at Qatar.Starting 7th on the grid possibly cost him the race.If he can get a front row grid spot anything can happen.

Dare to Live

April 16, 2013 3:22 PM

Credit must be given when it is due, Rossi had an exeptional race, started in the third row, made an error due to traffic and still came second only 5,99 second behind Jorge who had a clear field. To state that Jorge Lorenzo was the runaway Losail winner is in my opinion incorrect.

rct - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 4:13 PM

Well the truth is Lorenzo was the runaway Losail winner, but for those who think Rossi wouldn't have had the pace to fight with Lorenzo even if he had started from the front row, here is an interesting analysis:

Take Pedrosa as the reference point between Lorenzo and Rossi:

The race starts, Lorenzo takes off , and by Lap 11 he's 4.4s ahead of Pedrosa.

Meanwhile, Lap 8: Rossi overtakes Bradl, closes a 4.2s gap to Pedrosa, and by lap 19 he's 0.2s ahead of him. That translates as 4.4s in 11laps (from lap 8 to 19). Exactly the same as Lorenzo did. Pedrosa may have been slowing down a bit by then, but Rossi was on worn tyres and also had to overtake Cal Crutchlow on the way.

So to me it looks like Lorenzo and Rossi were pretty close in pace at Qatar.

( the laptimes are posted under the "Analysis by lap"

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 4:41 PM

RCT,that is an interesting analysis.The problem Rossi faced was by the time he got passed MM,Lorenzo was too far down the road for him to do anything about it.If he had got into 2nd position with about 8-10 laps to go,things may have ended differently.But we dont know how Lorenzo would have reacted if Rossi had got into that position.My guess is he would have pushed just hard enough to prevent Rossi from catching him.If Rossi had started on the front row of the grid,THEN it would have been impossible to call.There would have been very little in it.But we will never know!

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