MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Rossi 'Hondas are very fast, big difference'

"Unfortunately today the Hondas are very fast. Big difference" - Valentino Rossi.

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xiao - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 4:21 AM

woah! are you guys lost? dont forget what happened in 2008..i remember even all the commentators were sugar coating casey cox of dominace in p1 and p2 and for that half a sec margin in qp..but what happened ? rossi won by 22 sec from the rest..what speaks here on the comments are the egos and fanships..dont knw abt rossi bt im sure lorenzo can give marc and dani sth to cough about. and we have seen how dani bins when he comes under pressure..forgot? go watch laguna money on yams..this is a breaking circuit..hondas are no better there..race craft is what gives u podiums nt a straight line speed...have a good race

coffee - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 4:59 AM

as much as I would like to see a repeat of that race, there is far to many differences here, Seca is a much much smaller track, Cota has 2 long azz straights, one really long where unfortunately for the Yamaha's straight line power is problem, and as JL has said and Honda has proved these 1st gear turns are another one of the Honda's strong points, due to the way they are accelerating out of them much better, and faster then the yamaies...which is what he has been saying all a long, that's why I said, Rossi (and JL) too need to qualify as close to the front then get a hole shot get out in front and make it hard for them to least tell they hit that back straight...

I just don't see it happening here unfortunately, I think this will be a gap race, MM 10 sec10sec out front followed by Dani followed by ? 10secs behind him.

the way things are shaping up the battles are gona be far an in-between... hope I'm to see them swapping paint lol...

Broady - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 8:58 AM

What kind of idiot can't see that the Honda's have a huge advantage due to the layout of this particular track? The kind of idiot who knows nothing about bike racing - only hate for certain riders.

Broady - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 8:58 AM

What kind of idiot can't see that the Honda's have a huge advantage due to the layout of this particular track? The kind of idiot who knows nothing about bike racing - only hate for certain riders.


April 20, 2013 9:16 AM

coffee pretty much spot on despite Yams efforts the honda gearbox makes a huge difference in terms of acceleration out of slow corners and therefore reaching terminal speed sooner on long straights.

Both JL and VR will be looking to come out of this with as much points as possible. Yep if they can get in front but on the long straight they will get nailed.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 9:26 AM

Word is the works Yamahas are now running a seamless shift gearbox similar to Honda, that's one reason they were closer in performance at Qatar and why Crutchlow was so obviously the hand-me down situation Tech 3 are in it could be months before that upgrade filters thro'. The Yamaha riders have to be there to pick up the pieces this weekend, Marquez is due to land on his arze, Lorenzo has the pace to hassle them all race, Pedrosa due a moral lifting win, Rossi fighting Bradl for 3rd, Crutchlow in no-mans land between them and the pack.....or something entirely different....


April 20, 2013 9:53 AM

pp16 I think it is a case of all "seamless" gearboxes are not created equal. The Duc has supposedly had one for quite some time and that hasn't helped Dovi much. I don't think Qatar is much of an example as the Honda gearbox really comes into its own on stop start circuits which require drive out of slow turns


April 20, 2013 10:05 AM

Honda have 2 of the smallest, lightest riders on the grid, so it will be difficult for anyone else to get the 'holeshot'. There is already an appeal to the riders to take it steady through turn one, so let's hope everyone stays safe.

I hate this modern racing where Qually and the start dictates the possible outcome.

I made a suggestion some time ago that grid position be decided on performances in practice. It's a shame that it has come in only to say who goes in to the 'shoot out'. Some riders can put in a quick lap early, some need longer.

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