MotoGP » Rossi: Bautista 'closed the line, but I was in front'

“Bautista opened the throttle to close the line, but I was already in front” – Valentino Rossi.

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Men@work - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 9:02 AM

If that substance of a myth you posted helps you believe in your GOAT then I am happy for you, let's not let facts get in the way of a good story.

Rossi is a good draw card like all good ex-champs, hell I would pay good money to see Ali in person, yet I know he is no fighter any more

Doctor Ninja - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 9:06 AM

Bautista was completely at fault, you don't make sudden changes of direction without checking to see if anyone is already there!
He behaved recklessly at a stage of the race when all the riders were still tightly bunched together, I'm just thankful that he didn't bring anyone else down or cause any serious injuries!

ed - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 9:15 AM

Watched it over and over and over!!! you should see the aerial view of the clash/crash!! Rossi is on a wider line, but he's know for taking and making other lines. Bautista comes in way to hot, he opens the trottle to early, but still it is a racing accident. No one to blame, except, according to Ben Spies, if you want to blame anyone it would be Alvaro. And for the haters Rossi was more than half a bike lenght in front off Bauitista, ergo Bautista is more responsible for the crash then Rossi. No i'm not a fan boy nor a hater just a reallist who likes to watch motor races, any if that!!!


June 03, 2013 9:28 AM

Rossi is right this time but it is a race incident. If youve raced, you could see that what Bautista was going for. He should just man up instead of saying he didnt know. clown


June 03, 2013 10:03 AM

The video doesn't lie
Well that is correct it doesn't but having looked at the incident several times and from different views I'm sorry but I can't for the life of me see where you're coming from I agree with Eddie Rocta.

Andrew Long

June 03, 2013 10:06 AM

Move on guys there is nothing more to see here. Is anyone talking about the Marquez/Lorenzo incident anymore? Exactly.

The incident masks the fact that Rossi has problems and a win this year let alone a championship looks looks increasingly unlikely.

I have great respect for the guy, but there comes a point when that certain something has diminished and its harder to compete with riders 8 or even 13 years younger than you.

I for one would like to see Rossi on a Superbike. It didn't do Biaggi or Biaggi any harm. The is just the matter of the ego and saving face!


June 03, 2013 10:18 AM
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Andrew, with WSB on its knees, you could well see Rossi moved in there to give it a push.

To those people who say Bautista went in too fast, he was the same speed as the guys in front.
It happens in racing, Rossi was on the wrong line to get in front, Bautista defending his position, its called RACING.

jambop - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 10:54 AM

@ducati lover
You are one really bitter person! If Rossi had been successful on the Ducati would you be carrying on like this? Only the most blinkered of people could not accept that Bautista was at fault for that coming together. Its a bit like saying that JLo was responsible for the coming together with Marquez. No Rossi was in front of Bautista on a different line and looking at the overhead its debatable whether Bautista would have made that corner had Rossi not been there to stop him going off track! Anyway its over and we move on to Catalunya in two weeks.

Dick - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 11:10 AM

Rossi has always been a "determined" driver. If he went for (what he percieved as) a gap, the other driver knew it was either let him go, or crash. And up till 2009 the most other drivers felt he was quicker anyway, so was going to pass sooner or later anyway. Quick risk/reward judgement call and they let him go.

Today Rossi is not seen as "quicker anyway" by quite a few drivers. Whether or not he still has it in him is not relevant, the results have not been there for quite some time so the view of the other drivers of Rossi has changed.
So in those heat of the moment judgement calls, less of the others will cave in and let him through. And therefore he will have a harder time cutting through the field, and a higher risk of getting into situations like the one with Bautista.

Racing is very much a mind game, and the mindset of other drivers towards Rossi has changed.
And every race he is not dominating like he used to, the process will continue.

rabcati - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 11:15 AM

Rossi did his 48.4 warm up lap with a used tyre that had 12 laps on it so I'm sure he could have battled for a decent podium. He also finished a lot closer to Jorge last year than Dovi did this year so read into that what you will.

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