MotoGP » MotoGP Jerez: The most successful


A look back on the 26-year history of the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.

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coffee - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 2:41 PM

Rossi may be one of the most successful rider at Jerez, 9 victories 5 in motogp.... an his 05 win over Sete was epic

looking forward to a tight race with paint swapping battles and carnage throughout the race.

TrueFan

May 02, 2013 5:57 PM

@Coffee VR's 05 victory over Sete was memorable. I was a Rossi fan at the time, and I didn't particularly warm to Sete, so I thought it was good, but it left an uncomfortable aftertaste. The more I thought about it, the less I liked it. Rossi got away with it, and was very arrogant afterwards.
It was anything but a clean pass. Exciting? Yes. Legitimate? That's debatable. Dangerous? Probably.
Racers make split second decisions to pass, and go for whatever they think is a gap. It can look pretty bad on replay.

Marc - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 6:58 PM

Would love to see Rossi win the Jerez race but 3 Spaniards will be trying their best to prevent that. Key for Rossi is getting setup, tire selection and sorting the brakes along with getting a place on the front of the grid while getting a good start. If he has a 3 row start it will make his work much harder but should at least podium. If not Rossi then I'd expect a fight between Jlo and Pedro.

nikisan - Unregistered

May 03, 2013 9:09 AM

@TrueFan

Rossi took the inside line and braked up the inside of Sete. Sete still leaned the bike fully over as if he was oblivious to the 150 kilo bike next to him. It was his own fault and that's why Rossi 'got away with it' - because if Sete took him out, Sete would've been the one punished

TrueFan

May 03, 2013 10:43 AM

@nikisan Gibernau was clear ahead, and had well and truly committed to his line and weight transfer before Rossi barged in. Rossi used Gibernau's bike as a berm. Based on your logic, it was Lorenzo's fault that he "took out" Alvaro in Assen last year, and it was Hayden's fault that he "took out" Pedrosa at Estoril.

Was it exciting? yes. It was a great battle. But it was a dangerous move, and therefore wasn't a clean pass. These things happen in the heat of the moment, but I don't think they should be celebrated as a mark of genius. Rossi's desire to win is great, but he has made a few dodgy moves over the years. In other cases, he's pulled off some great moments. In my opinion, this wasn't one of them.

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