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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Understeer - Unregistered

May 19, 2013 3:16 AM

I think we have to get away from the myth that riders develop bikes. It is the engineers who develop bikes to suit the rider and good engineers can respond well to riders wishes and adjust the bike to the riders need. You are right that the current Yamaha is probably not perfect for Rossi but the same could be said about the Honda which was not developed for Marquez but he matches Pedrosa quite well.
Anyway I agree that the Hondas appear to be stronger and I hope that this doesn't remain the case for the rest of the season as, apart from the first race (curtesy of Valentino), it has been quite boring.

Mr.Cyan - Unregistered

May 19, 2013 3:21 AM

Inconsistency is a problem for Rossi. A podium finish will be very hard for him this time from 8th. Back in Losail, it was evident that he had a faster pace than the ones in front. But now, they are faster than he is so it will be a very very hard race for him. What a dagger in Q2.

Ammar - Unregistered

May 19, 2013 3:37 AM

His rear tyre had cracks in fp3 which explains his 9th place finish

if you people check the fp4 analysis though,

rossi is faster on race pace than everyone other than the lorenzo, pedrosa, marc...

even in that, pedrosa also seems to be doing mid 1.34's like rossi while marc is 1-2 tenths faster

lorenzo is the only one having so many laps in 1.33s and low 1.34's


May 19, 2013 3:49 AM


"He'll be up there battling for that last podium position come the end of the race you haters just watch. "

I want to see Rossi do well but I'm not sure how 3rd equates to a good result. There are only 4 competitive factory bikes on the grid and Rossi has one of them. Third ain't saying much.

Anything less than competing with his teammate is falling well short of the mark imo


May 19, 2013 5:10 AM

Now this is not a bagging of Rossi, but It seems that JB Rossi and the rest of the team was so pussled at Ducati that they lost the confident in themselves, they seems to doubt their decisions and or direction. Even if his not as quick as he was he and the team should have more experience than all other riders together and should be able to set up. Now they seems to struggle with everything they do and always second guess themselves therefor no real direction equal poor results:)
Cheers Claes


May 19, 2013 5:15 AM

All of you that say "Why don't Bradl, Bautista and the other Factory bikes make the podiums"Simple they are just not fast enough and it have always been like this Some factory bike riders are faster than others, full stop.:)
Cheers Claes


May 19, 2013 5:22 AM

@ Engineers develop the bike"Yes but the team on the ground set it up, and they have heaps of electronics to set engine mapping, suspension and even Frame, swing arm and front end like fork angle and other to play with. So if your team mate are winning on a bike there is no reason but you and your team could set it up for you to win. This is why the Rossi and JB team are copping some at the moment, they seems to have set up problems that others don't, which is only up to the Ground team and Rider to sort, no one at the factory, this includes Ducati, if one rider can the others should be able to as well.
Cheers Claes

prof-x - Unregistered

May 19, 2013 6:31 AM

That Yam is a pig on the brakes, all you have to do is look at Motegi last year to understand how poor the brakes are for that bike. If the race is wet, Rossi stands a good chance, if it's dry, and the track has lots of grip, Rossi will go backwards.

Ironic isn't it, That Rossi went from a bike that couldnt get enough temp in to the front, too much temp in the rear (lack of grip) to a bike with much better grip but such horrible braking, I think he would be faster on Bautista's bike.

He can still win races, but not consistently on Jorge's bike, only Cal and Jorge can, I really hope Rossi doesnt waste his time in this circus next year, he could have soooo much more glory in WSBK, MotoGP is ruining Rossi.

Dorna should consider putting Rossi in to WSBK to get the most out of him, as a media commodity. Yamaha wont ever get any better (hello CRT) and Honda+Marquez will be abusing the control tire and running away with the show from now on.

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