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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Marc - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 6:03 PM

Wrong Bautista's fault and for the haters who think that Rossi is done they're wrong as well. As a fan I'll admit that he's slowed down a bit and probably a bit more apprehensive due to past injuries, friend's death, and poor results in past two years. But that said, I think he's a race or two away if he can avoid mistakes and mor-ons crashing into him. But like I noted earlier he needs to qualify better and get better starts.

Billace - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 6:25 PM


I doubt Dovi will ever bring the Ducati to the front, he's not a rider that can challenge the top guys. Its safe to say that the top riders like where they are and the only way one of them takes a Ducati seat is if Pedrosa gets bounced from Repsol in favor of MM,

I think if you put Dani in the same shoes as Rossi was in 2010 he would gladly take the pay cut and be Marc's #2 to have a winning seat under him than chance a Ducati ride.

Cal could go there but he still hasn't shown he is capable of winning and though his form is better he is well behind the top guys and the last few tenths are the hardest.

MG - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 6:42 PM

I of ROSSI and his no excuses. Go Rossi. We know it wasnt your fault. Shame though because it was your home race with impressive statistics there.

"On to the next one"

CRT - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 6:48 PM

@ Billace

I agree that Dovi is not on the same level as the front runners however, he was a podium threat on the RCV and the Tech 3 machine. If Dovi can legitimately get the Ducati on the podium it will show sure fire signs of progress.

Dovi is already putting the Duc on the front row of qualifying, which is more than what Rossi did. Ducati needs to work out the longevity of the tire life, and when they do I think we will see the Ducati back in action.

CRT - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 7:21 PM


I'd liken Dovi's qualifying to the change in format more than the progression of the bike (..or a vastly different riding style/bike characteristic match).

The format matters none. He still has to do the lap, regardless as to how may people are on the track.

A qualifying lap (in theory) is the highest potential the rider can achieve. What differs is to what extent the bike/tires will allow that pace to be maintained.

Jimbo79 - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 7:43 PM

@woo hoo

No i am not Rossi im afraid, I was just stating stuff I have previously read about his shoulder injury. Sorry, i thought it may have been common knowledge to most posters, obviously you need a little education. You silly person you!!

Billace - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 8:02 PM

The new QP format has nothing to do with it, there is plenty of time for everyone to get in a fast lap.

In prior years, riders always complained about others (especially CRT's) meandering on the racing line waiting for a prototype to get a tow from. With a few dozen bikes trying to put in a fast lap they needed a lot of time to each get their laps in. and the top prototypes spent most of the time sitting in the pit.

Now the slowest are filtered out and the fast guys are spending the same amount of time on track.

Rossi's problem is he doesn't have the one lap pace anymore to put his head down and put a lap in that is equivalent to Jorge, Dani, Cal, Marc. The guys he is slightly faster than are using a tow to move in front of him. He needs to start getting a tow to move up to 4-5 position

ninja - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 8:12 PM

I think its time for rossi to keep his pride aside talk to jorge go out in pair and get towed, and jorge wont mind since it will only help jorge gap the hondas if rossi mixes with them for a while.

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