MotoGP » Mugello: Rossi without a tow, third row


“As always in the qualifying we suffer more than the others. They use the slipstream and are able to go a bit faster than me” – Valentino Rossi.

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Charlie - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 3:06 AM

Yes, I do hate those excuses myself. Really. But at least he admit that the others are stronger. Let's face it. He is a human after all. Anybody recall the moments before his gruesome crash in 2010? A front row racer he was. But after recovering.., there you go.. You can see it clearly race after race, before his move to Ducati. Besides the fact being in his mid 30s, I guess this has something to do with his declining.

Mugello Towing Inc. - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 3:27 AM

Haters, just give it a rest already, had Rossi been one of the riders who got a tow you would be all up in arms saying he only got front row coz he got a tow.
fact is he was only .600sec behind Jlo when he put in that 1:47 only to be pushed back as MM got tucked in behind for a slipstream.

as for the Rossi fans who say "im losing faith, he just cant do it anymore, he's not fast enough"

look at the lap times instead of the grid positions.
he is not far behind at all, probably the closest he has ever been to pedro and jlo, he did the 1:47, only to be pushed back to 7th where as he would of been 4th, as Dovi, Bradl also took advantage and got a tow.

so many people bashed Hector Caravan Barbera for using other riders all the time. now so many riders do it in this crap qualy layout and you say nothing.

saint - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 3:37 AM

qualifying: the front row is usually also the podium
what happens beyond that is anybody's guess.
instead of making predictions, watch the race and then form your opinion.
anything else is a CRAPSHOOT

AUS - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 4:18 AM

@Dee
So most people on here have only been following GP for 2 yrs,well if you can beat 52 yrs then you are following it longer than me,and I really get a laugh when I hear people on here on about rossis race craft what racecraft ? he used to ride around in the first group untill about 5 or 6 laps to go and then ride away and win by 5 or 10 seconds because nobody on the grid had the machinery he had ,it had nothing to do with racecraft.I you want to see real racecraft go get some Videos of Spencer,RainySheen,Doohan etc and then you will see REAL racecraft.

Garry - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 4:25 AM

Rossi has this in the bag. He like the track lapped at a very fast an consistent pace, Come on Vale. I have my Rossi hat on!!!!!!!!!!!!! Forza!!!!!

bjr - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 4:35 AM

Rossi's riding style and prefered bike setup makes it very difficult for him to make use of the tow of another rider, simply because if he's close enough to the bike in front of him to get a useable tow, then the bike in front of him will fcuk up the gains he makes because he won't be able to utilise the late braking setup...

bozgp - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 4:36 AM

Thank you AUS. I admit that I only started watching in 2002, but that covers almost all of Rossi's gp career and i remember Rossi in front by 45 seconds most of that time. I don't understand this back in the day there was real racing talk. You cannot say that Rossi ever had a crap bike until Ducati.

Also, if Rossi is riding Jorge's bike, then who's bike is Marquez riding that's causing him to be a mid pack rider?

Guna - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 5:42 AM

Qualifying system needs refinement,, instead of using the riders best time, try using the average of top5 lap times by each rider to decide their starting grid position,,
Few riders ahead of Rossi were no where near to his times in earlier sessions, but they are now ahead of him but why? because some riders ride a last minute gasping lap in which luck and the advantage of their youth physique plays vital role,, they.can't repeat their own qualifying(gasping) lap time in race... So that is not their real pace, they just get ahead of rider with good pace and block them,
They are actually behind him all weekend, but gets ahead of him with only one lap performance to separate him from the front runners and block him.

Only one lap determining the running order is not fair,, shorter the filtering process is higher the chances of luck to play a part so higher the chances for under dogs to sneak in...
REFINEMENT NEEDED ABSOLUTELY

kiwimann - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:04 AM

Dee i had 40 years of watching and 5 years of racing not at this level i admit so yes i think i can comment and i will be happy to see rossi get a podium which may be possible if MM is too sore to race fully other wise rossi is 4th best in race trim . Next to all haters i can remember when rossi used to sit behind and pressure another italian until he made a mistake that was great to watch but he has lost that edge now .. The one battle i would love to see is MM against CS as they are to me the quickest men on 2 wheels at the moment but dreams are free

djmbex - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:08 AM

@leigh white "Just remember when Rossi beat casey . Casey was on the Ducati . Rossi on the Ducati might have finish in front of casey a couple of time . But I could count th on one hand. And it was never for the win. Don't get me wrong when Rossi went from Honda to yam and won in his first race on a slower bike. He was great !!! But if they were on same bike casey would own him"

I'm a stoner fan, but i think the bike doesn't really matter if the rider can ride it to it's full potential. in LS 2008 i think stoner just lost because of rossi's experience. if stoner was on a honda at that time, i don't think the result would be any different. If at that time stoner is already as experienced as in his latter stages of carriers , that might be different

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