MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Rossi defensive sixth, 'lost part of a disc'

“I had a lot of problems in the race because I had a problem with the brakes“ - Valentino Rossi.

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April 22, 2013 4:47 PM

I just have this to say...

...before Qatar, everybody said Rossi would be lucky to get 5th-6th. Qualifies 7th, and the vitriol continued. He makes a miraculous run to 2nd killing everything in his path (because the bike was running optimally), and the haters had nothing to say for a couple days. When they emerged, the tune had changed to "We expected a podium. 2nd place wasn't a big deal." Yeah, sure!

...Now in Austin, Rossi knew that this was going to be a damage control race, qualified 8th and finished 6th on a problematic bike. Rossi still likely wouldn't have been on the rostrum at COTA, but ya never know. Now the haters are back, and it's the same stuff ad nauseum. Do you guys ever give it a rest?

benito - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 4:48 PM

OMG i dont believe what i see in theese stupid comments about Rossi. Give Cal a factory bike, rossi on factory bike is wasted bike e.t.c. R u guys watching moto gp for last 2 years? Rossi have poor race at austin sow what, he lost hes confidence, speed r u stupid people. How quickly u forget Qatar.... At Jerez u will see.

Marc - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 4:53 PM

Ich I agree that Rossi didn't like this track and obviously had issues with the bike which could have been a setup issue, brake issue or both. But agree he needs to improve his qualifying to avoid starting 3rd row or worse. As he gets to tracks he likes he should improve.

Guna - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 4:58 PM

Dani has the most experience on Honda than anyone else in current grid but got owned by Rookie in both outings together, but no one seemed to care about that,, still they take pity onthat useless Dani saying that he is too small and extra 5kg's are adding to his difficulties...

But Fools expect Rossi to perform like how he owned everyone else in his mid 20's... Its already overwhelming on how much he is doing at this age on second yamaha,,

What I hope to conveniently express is that Rossi in his heyday was unbeatable by everyone (from retirees to young comers) but it is not reasonable to expect anyone to maintain such form for ever. Even Lorenzo, which I rate highly, is not guarantee to be able to defend his title.


April 22, 2013 5:38 PM

Unbelievable, the haters just keep at it to stir things up. The brakes were a problem from the beginning. Then to lose part of a disk and stay in the points is a real accomplishment. Carbon disks are about the only disks that can happen with, and those blaming the crew don't realize that Brembo is to blame, they have the equipment to deal with the brakes. How many other riders would have stayed out? Much less scored valuable points.

bazinga - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 5:59 PM

all this talk about Rossi is so pointless that it's really laughable... seriously. it is.

on one hand there are the haters who just know that and that's it... even if his bike's engine explodes our both wheels come off, it will be "Rossi exposed", bla bla bla...

on the other hand, there are the die hard fans who think he is going to win forever!

neither he forgot how to ride a bike fast nor he's going to do it forever and ever beating everyone...
I've been following motogp since he joined the 500cc class and I've seen this guy doing amazing stuff on the bike and I'm grateful for that...

I remember this kind of discussion when he changed from Michelin to Bridgestone tires.
After one race, ONE RACE, the media was already calling it day. Rossi must be regretting about changing tires supplier, they said.
in the of the year Rossi said - one more in the bag... bring the biatches! lol

maybe today he will not send another Gibernau into the gravel in the last corner to win the race, but

bazinga - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 6:04 PM

at 32 he knocked his fairwings against Lorenzo's to win Sepang... now at 34 did just let all that ruthlessness at home and just want to hang around? I guess not...

I believe that the only thing that makes him keep going is to retire as the rider with most motogp titles and I bet he's going to do whatever is in reach to achieve it.

Ich - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 7:00 PM

Now this is an interesting topic: how much, if anything, has Rossi lost?

I think qualifying can't be taken as a way to answer that:
that has never been his strength, and not even has been his strength to quickly find a good set up and do flying laps (and this quali format amplifies those weaknesses).

About race, he had the winning pace in Qatar and might have had a real issue here, so right now it's hard to say if young Rossi would have reached 4th anyway.

I think we have to wait a couple of races to answer that question..

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