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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Ducati factor - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 9:17 PM

@billybob, if the bikes have got easier to ride then how come Rossi couldn't ride the Ducati fast enough to win on it ? Also how come only 4 bikes are capable of wiinning a race now, that wasn't the case in 05 was it ?

Hunter - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 9:25 PM

I'd say you're right he peaked a while back and surely no one can be at the top forever. As for the bikes getting easier to ride, I'm not so sure. Yes the electronics has improved but in a way that makes it harder to ride. now not only do the riders have to account for the raw functions of the bike ie braking, accelerating, and such, now they have to account for how much influence the ecu has. Why has there been a lot less passing in recent years and a loss of entertainment in the sport? Why have satellite bikes not been able to win like they once have? The electronics dominate and dictate the bikes more so than the rider arguably. If the electronics and tires were better now, why are riders still complaining about traction every race?

I don't think he will be doing better than he did so far. Some podium here and there but that's it. However, I doubt than in 4 or 5 years time Pedrosa, for instance, to still be racing for victories or racing at all. Racing at the top takes its toll

Hunter - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 9:39 PM

It's hard to say who would be on top in 2005. By the time Lorenzo joined gp, the electronics have already greatly changed since 05. He's only ever ridden on a bike with a lot of ecu influence..

Concerning Rossi's pace I will say once again that I am not surprised he is not at the top anymore. My theory is "candle that burns twice as bright last half as long" and no one shone as brigth as Rossi. He still has his right as a motogp contender, although I wouldn't like to see him dangling lower than this...

Billace - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 10:12 PM

The electronic age has mostly been an advantage for Rossi. He was the #1 rider with the best engineering team on the Honda that started it all. He moved to Yamaha when they also stole that same engineering team from Honda to keep the advantage with him at Yamaha.

Does anyone remember Rossi testing Cal's R1 and changing the wet electronics settings which made a huge improvement according to Cal. If I'm not mistaken Cal took his first WSBK win as a result.

Hard to believe the guy winning all at the center of the electronic age is now at some disadvantage because of it.

Jixr - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 10:23 PM

I have to agree with the people that are saying Rossi is not getting worse, just everyone else is getting better, he is still trying to force a bike to adapt the rider and not the other way around.

Watch a race from a few years back, compare all the riding styles to today, his is basically the same.

Maybe Marc will go bowling and allow rossi to be first once the dust settles.

LOL - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 10:23 PM

"The electronic age has mostly been an advantage for Rossi. He was the #1 rider with the best engineering team on the Honda that started it all. He moved to Yamaha when they also stole that same engineering team from Honda to keep the advantage with him at Yamaha. "

What absolute nonsense! Do you really believe this or are you just putting 2 and 2 together 'cos Rossi sorted Cal's WSB? Silly theory!

BillAce - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 10:36 PM

LOL,

No, I believe Rossi. He was the one that said "This is not fair" after his first test on the RC211V. The #1 bike on the grid with traction control for most of the 2002 season.

Its fair to say he had an advantage if he said so himself and was the development rider as the systems rapidly improved.

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