MotoGP » Le Mans: ‘Difficult but not impossible’ for third row Rossi

“[Rossi] is a good fighter, to start from the third row is going to be difficult but not impossible for him” - Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha

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motogpfan - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 5:48 PM

I am big fan of motogp and biggest fan of Rossi. I think Rossi is not mentally strong,this was due to win less seasons with ducati. He is trying his best and still. He is not at best and more over the new qualifying format not suits him. By observing the three races in this season so far I understood that it would be great challenge for him to compete with the three younger Spaniards. It would be great to see him winning races. It won't be that easy with his age and confidence he had at this point of time. As I said I am a big fan of Rossi still cheers for him and wish him all the best for tomorrow's race.


May 18, 2013 5:48 PM
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It seems that Valentino just cannot get comfortable on his M1 and doesnt trust it enough to push the pace,Is it tires or is it the Bike? At this point Rossi may not be able to change his style and ride the bike like Lorenzo ,his comments are simular to what Ben Spies said last season about the bike becoming un settled leading into corners,

suzuki rider - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 5:48 PM

So far this season Vales has been very disappointing, I was expecting big things but he is nowhere near challenging for the podium never mind a win, even the Ducati is in front of him, there's no way that can be down to anything but the rider. I think he needs to hang up his leathers after this season. It's a shame but he stayed around for too long.

Billace - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 6:05 PM


Vale doesn't trust himself enough. He said himself he had the data and was not willing to try to drag the Ducati up front the way Stoner did. Now he has the data from Jorge and Cal and its more of the same. The level of skill has gone up over the last few years and Rossi lacks the confidence or desire or skill to raise his level.

Qatar was more about the Honda's problems than his ability. For some reason the Repsol's couldn't get going, it was clearly a bogey track for them. he has yet to be able to match Jorge's pace. that was getting hard for him to do in 2010 and Jorge's speed has improved since then.

Something is clearly missing from Rossi, whatever it is its worth about .5s a lap I figure.

jamie - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 6:09 PM

the reason hes on the third row is because he cant go faster on the soft tire for a fast lap, this is not gd but not the be all and end all as this will not effect him in the race.

tomorrow will be a good race

suzuki rider - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 6:09 PM

@ rocket R1 yeas true, I meant in this qualifying he is nowhere near the podium, I am still a fan of Rossi's and I hope he does well but we have to face facts, since he has been back on the Yamaha he hasn't really performed to expectation. I've been guilty in the past of making excuses for him but the excuses are wearing thin.

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