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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April 20, 2013 2:05 PM
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re: "unfortunately today the Hondas are very fast. Big difference."

90V's and million buck boxes, they kick like a mutha...

Dani Pedrosa (Honda RC213V), 211.328 mph
Marc Marquez (Honda RC213V), 210.956 mph
Alvaro Bautista (Honda RC213V), 209.837
Stefan Bradl (Honda RC213V), 209.029 mph
Andrea Iannone (Ducati GP13), 208.221 mph
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha YZR-M1), 207.724 mph
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati GP13), 207.662 mph
Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha YZR-M1), 207.476 mph
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR-M1), 207.414 mph


April 20, 2013 2:58 PM

re: "I think it is a case of all seamless gearboxes are not created equal."

they aren't. the tech's not "plug and play". nobody's surfing amazon, placing an order, receiving a box in the post, and dropping 2 secs off their lap.

re: "The Duc has supposedly had one for quite some time"

more like TRIED one quite some time ago, was a disaster, and has likely been shelved.

re: the Honda gearbox really comes into its own on stop start circuits which require drive out of slow turns..."

...onto an unprecedented 1200 metre straight where kit repeatedly rows up thru at least 4 (maybe 5?) gears. 4 x 20 laps ='s 80 torque breaks ='s reverse gear.

re: "Word is the works Yamahas are now running a seamless shift gearbox similar to Honda.

that's not the word. word is their WORKING on it. i bet they haven't even cut metal. listen to me now and believe me later (hans voice), the tech won't come within 10ft of ross and jay's M1's until they know it won't generate DNF's.

srad - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 3:29 PM

Well we all know that Rossi has never been any good, when he won 125cc, 250cc, 500cc & Moto GP titles there was no competition, everyone else out there was a no hoper, and i see a vast improvement in the Ducati's position now he's got off it, oh sorry my mistake it's 2.2 seconds off.


April 20, 2013 3:31 PM

re: "Rossi knows how to fight even when he lacks pace"

true, but this here's a bridge too far. it would be a dikk move to pull a capi v. harada into T1. this weekend is for marq-z to shine. we may as well let 'em. seems like a good kid.

besides, i wanna see how many CRT's pull in with fake problems rather than suffer the indignity of his 214 mph SHOCKWAVE...!!! LOL


April 20, 2013 3:58 PM

re: "it seems little point in being fast, if you risk running out of fuel."

actually, the original design intent of the seamless trans was to save millions of barrels of fuel in the high consumption world of automobiiles, the racing aspect is a secondary benefit. every once in awhile a piece of technology comes along that actually does what it says on the box.

they'll never come out and say it, but honda (the engine co) didn't like yamaha/furusawa throwing a blanket over their V5 "shock and awe" campaign... what we are witnessing is their response.

Chris - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 5:44 PM

Yes the Honda's are fast but will they be fast on the last lap? Fuel and tryes will pay there part in this one l think. Rossi bike will be dialed in for the race not a fast lap


April 20, 2013 5:49 PM

Rossi is a smart "racer"...this will be an exercise in damage control to limit the points loss on a track that does not favor the Yamaha's. If he achieves 4th he will have done well in my opinion. If he lands on the podium on this track then he will have greatly exceeded my expectations.

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