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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June 02, 2013 6:03 PM

This wasn't Rossi's fault. Bad luck.He's past his prime, perhaps but if he can fight for the podium and maybe a win this was one of 3 tracks the others being Philip Island and Sepang where he could do it.

Vintage-58 - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:14 PM

@ paul joiner: I think it would be safe to assume that 99.999% of all negative and disrespectful comments come from those that have never lined up on the grid for a sanctioned motorcycle race. For if they had, the ignorant and disrespectful commentary too often spouted, would never be formulated, in their minds.
During my racing days, we had a name for this type of person “Squid”. A squid was someone whom has no idea what it takes, because they do not have the balls to participate. Yet a squid is always ready with an uninformed opinion, eager to ridicule and be disrespectful about the performance of others.

'Thats racing'

...Yes but thats why you need to qualify on the front row- you reduce the chances of getting caught up in this kind of incident. VR knows this but doesn't seem to have the outright pace. A shame as I was looking forward to a potential Cal v Rossi v Bradl battle.

FZ1 - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:23 PM

"Carmen Centennial Jr.
June 02, 2013 5:44 PM
Last Edited 31 minutes ago
He's full of BS. AB's bike was leaning over into a turn. Rossi was straight up going straight. He overcooked it and took out AB. Yes it was a racing incident. I say that because they were racing and Rossi t-boned AB. If it were in a grocery store it would have been a shopping incident."

Watch the on board when Ionne runs Bautista wide and Rossi goes by and then Baustista does the kamikazi move. You're a bloody idiot for making that comment.

Maybe Bautista might want to avoid making radical moves in a pack of riders in the second corner.

The *****s on this site, like Carmen Centennial Jr, boggle the mind.

Rossishrihith - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:23 PM

For those who all say that" rossi should retire, getting older, doesn't know how to ride, unneccesary blaming....." stop it..

every rider will be having bad luck, but it never lasts long enough so one day he will be back with keeping your mouth shut....

we( rossi fans) will never lose hope and still believe rossi will return top....
go valentino....

Eddie Rockta - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:30 PM

you tube has Rossi's on board footage it shows Bautista having to sit up as I think a ducati comes over, VR tries to take advantage and I think he goes into turn 2 hot, and off of the racing line entering turn 2 (hence AB does not know he is there) to get past AB and does over cook it slightly, you do see him hesitate mid corner on other replays proving he came in too hot and I think as someone pointed out he could of taken people out in turn 3. I put it down to racing incident 60-40 Rossi's fault.

KRoberts4Lyfe - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:32 PM

To everybody saying Rossi was "making excuses" about clutch the onboard footage they have from him for the race start. He gets off the line and the clutch clearly starts slipping. Then Bautista has to sit the bike up in a different incident, thus making him slower into the corner before he hit Rossi. 100% Bautista's fault. The video footage does not lie.


June 02, 2013 6:32 PM
Last Edited 1068 days ago

To most posters the highlight of any race is when Rossi has problems, I would imagine that when he crashed out they immediately stopped watching the race anyway.

Open question...When '27to93' has gradually progressed to '27to93to26to99to04' will he still be only posting to bash Rossi? (a clue-the answer is 3 letters, starts with a Y and ends with an S)

Well done Jorge, Cal.

gremlin - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 6:46 PM

I think Bautista might have been annoyed also by Iannone cutting in in front of him after turn 1 quite harsh, so he probably wanted to pass him in the chicane. but meanwhile Rossi came on the outside. I understand Bautista's point saying it's hard to see in that corner if there's anyone on the inside, but the fact is that if you look at the helicopter recording, there were at least two more pair of riders that went through that corner in the same position as Rossi and Bautista, without crashing. Besides, these guys are supposed to be professionals, so maybe you should make sure there's no one in the way before you change direction. I'm not a big Rossi fan anymore, but I definitely feel like Bautista should've been more careful here. And as others already said, this is not the first time he's involved in such incidents....

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