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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bozgp - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 11:05 PM

Satellite bikes never won in motogp. Gibernau and melandri basically had factory bikes. I can't remember any other satellite riders winning consistently.

You have 4 bikes capable of winning now, that's 2-3 more then you had during Rossi's dominance.

Competition has most certainly gotten better, ruder and equipment wise. Only someone with an agenda would say otherwise.

Garry - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 11:47 PM

Not a good start for Vale, it's a long way to the flag. I will have my fingers crossed that Vale crosses the line in the top 3. COME ON ROSSI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 19, 2013 12:20 AM
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Sito Pons team won a few races on satellite bikes, and Gresini with that memorable Elias one.

I know Sete and Melandri had factory support.

But look at today,
Bradl, Bautista, and Crutchlow you could say has factory support and you don't see them even getting on the podium.

I blame the electronics, the factory teams have the best techs.


May 19, 2013 1:26 AM

The electronics are a huge factor!! The difference over they years is the ratio between the rider and the bike. Way back when JB had it right 80% rider and 20% bike. Now it is something like 65% rider and 35% bike.But first and foremost, Honda can put millions into the electronics and as the result they can make the most power with the allotted fuel. Remember Rossi barely finished the race. Which means Yamaha is at the very edge, while Honda has room to spare. The throttle control has been taken away, leaving the electronics to master accelerating out of a corner, and right now the people with the most engineering dollars has the advantage.

menghayal - Unregistered

May 19, 2013 1:53 AM

had you taken some time for thinking before you decided to type the above.
so what the hel was JB there for if only to verify this nonsense 80 rider 20 bike when some else could do the easy nut fastening?.should have been ashamed!

bibiprun - Unregistered

May 19, 2013 2:44 AM

it is obvious the bike is really good but for Lorenzo. Which is fair enough as JL has developped a bike for his liking. it is also obvious that the bike does not really allow Rossi to ride on his strenghts. result is they are starting to have different settings and probably different frame. as JL favours the newest whereas VR mentionned he preferred the older version. Not sure whether this is accurate but it does make sense. good bike or not we know it is not good enough to compete with the Honda zt the moment. JL ahead of VR on his bike? still logical but I am intrigued as how this is going to unfold. I fear MM s going to run away with the title.

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