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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June 01, 2013 4:38 PM
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I think he will beat lorenzo with the home motivation, Pedrosa pace is worrying if he gets away could spoil the victory.

Rossi has a few trick moves around here so watch out.

P45 for No. 46 - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 4:42 PM

The excuses just get worse and worse.

Lorenzo went 6 tenths quicker than Vale without the benefit of a tow!!! What is he talking about?

Vale needs to take baby steps and try to work out how to get within six tenths of Lorenzo in qualifying, something that he has failed to do all year, before worrying about his performance re: Dovi, Bradl, Crutchlow etc.

Spies did better in qualifying than Vale in the first six races of last year, and look what happened to him!

Guna - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 4:44 PM

Most of them ahead of Rossi has gone up with only one fast lap, happy from a corner of my heart that Rossi was consistently doing lower 1.48s and few higher 1.47s... If Rossi can fight into top 4 during the traffic of first lap then there is no reason why he cant fight for a podium...

Billace - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 4:46 PM

There are two types of riders, those that need to get a tow and those that riders try to get a tow from.

Vale appears to sit in limbo between the two groups. He's consistently .5s slower than the fastest guys and its enough of a gap for slower riders to sneak ahead of him. His qualifying may need to bring some of his famous racecraft into play.

Its been happening since the the first time they timed races in any QP format ever used, its just not something he used even if he needed it during the two years at Ducati.

ice cool guy - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 4:50 PM

Cal should be in factory yamaha. Waiting until 2015 when the old fart is no longer in contract is too long.
Tech 3 & factory yamaha are too stupid to throw away a good talent like Cal.

ondablade - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 4:51 PM

'Slipstreams'. Hard to think that's not a dude in denial. He's been consistently 0.5 - 0.7 sec a lap off the pace since getting on the Yam.

Putting in some effort in the earlier sessions, so he appears competitive and stirs some talk - but consistently can't go with the quick guys when they in the end put the hammer down.

He's so far mostly been matched or well beaten by Dovisioso on the supposedly inferior Ducati, and of late has been ending up arm wrestling with the second bike.

Perhaps worst of all the powers that be and their media keep on bigging him up - which ups the ante even further.

It's not impossible that he'll raise his game/eventually have the cards fall in a way where he gets a result, but it's far from the glory days of consistently 0.7 sec in hand and more likely that he'll fall further off the boil.

There comes a point where the best of riders inevitably lose the fire. Where the heart decides (regardless of what the head thinks) that it's had enough, and you ca


June 01, 2013 5:01 PM

Am afraid that #46 is perhaps losing the grip a bit.. He's not getting any younger.

There´s a new era with new sophisticated chassies, tires and a whole lot of new electronics. Young hungry riders with totaly different racingstyles that he's jused to.. But I most agree with Rhino.. Rossis racing instinct is the absolute best there is....when it works.

But please don't end up like Stooner and blame on the others when things doesent work your way..


Ghost of Bob - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 5:10 PM

Too late Boztich, he's been at it since the start of 2010!
Anyway, Rossi has been using the best electronics, a wider variety of tyres and chassis than ANYONE on the grid since he first rode the 2000 nsr500.
Pull the other one.

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