MotoGP » Rossi: I’ve never seen a rookie like Marquez

"I've never seen a rookie like him, in all the motorsports I know" - Valentino Rossi.

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September 03, 2013 3:25 PM

Marquez is a very good talent and I'm impressed with his consistency off the bat in this class but agree with Mordino that many of the top riders Jlo, Pedrosa and Marquez didn't start off with 500's like Rossi, which his 2nd place in his first year where he almost pulled off the championship to start his 500/GP career was very impressive. Today's riders entering the factory Motogp bikes have unbelievable technology and aids to help them progressive faster then previous riders entering the top class. Before it took 2-3yrs to acclimate now it's immediate.


September 03, 2013 3:35 PM

In watching the last few races it looks as if Rossi is not comfortable with the bike especially in the beginning stages. This weekend he started in the 2nd row instead of 3rd or 4th row which is better and had a good strart up to 3rd then continually dropped to 6th or so then about 1/2 race he started improving his pace. He doesn't look comfortable to push the bike whereas Jlo is comfortable from the start to push the bike. Is it just lack of confidence in pushing the front during the 1st part of the race, could he fear washing out the front? He needs to learn to be more comfortable to be able to push from the start of the race.


September 03, 2013 5:28 PM

VicariousR1 - Really?! Rossi was (and maybe could be again) fast. Personally I think the Simoncelli crash and to a lesser extent his own crash knocked his confidence far more than we know but to say he wasn't fast is like saying Stonor couldn't ride the Duke or Lorenzo has a great personality. Marquez is displaying the same mastery of the bike that we saw in Vale. Give him a ten second penalty or start him from the back of the grid and it's like poking an angry bear with a stick. I touched on personality earlier and that's what makes the difference when all's said and done. Stonor was something special on the bike but he moaned and whined and stomped around like a spoilt child blaming everyone and everything when he didn't get the result. Lorenzo just doesn't look like he's having a good time and Pedrosa has that Prima Donna thing going on. Marquez is obviously having the time of his life and is so stoked when he's had a good close race and swapped a bit of paint in the process. That's


September 04, 2013 7:49 PM

Remember what was said here on crash abt a dinosaur by the name "Ben Spies"???? MM is good but only time will tell how good he is. He got a good bike and was promoted from within Honda so he didn't have much of a learning curve, give him a Ducati and lets see how he performs. Its still too early to be comparing him with the greats really!!


September 05, 2013 8:13 AM

I do think though that it is easier for a so called rookie to achieve good things straight away because the bikes are so much better now. The Honda in particular is the best bike there, not taking anything away from Marc, but a good rider on a brilliant bike is always going to do well. When Valentino was a rookie, the bikes he had to ride were a different story!! It will always be the same in MotoGP, the same riders on the same bikes at the front with a bit of a shuffle round every year or so. The rest of them doing what they can on more inferior machines. Most riders never get a chance to show how good they really are because the bikes they ride just aren't up to it - they merely make up the numbers!

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