MotoGP » Rossi salvages sixth after costly excursion

A mistake on lap three costs Valentino Rossi any chance of fighting for a podium finish

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October 27, 2013 9:18 AM

Sad how since the broken leg its just gone from bad to bad to even more bad.

Really thought this season he would have been at the pointy end and running a good percentage of the races, but sadly that has not been the case.

Titfortat has a good idea, Ben has done it and maybe you should as well cuz if 2014 is the same as 2011,12, and 13 then you have destroyed your myth in more ways than one

Andrew Long

October 27, 2013 9:48 AM

Lorenzo must be thinking he was right not to be worried about Rossi coming back - he's been a real disappointment this year.

Unfortunately Rossi can't even get up to the front to ride shot gun for Lorenzo - JL has to do it all himself.


October 27, 2013 9:54 AM

Would have been really helpful if VR would have finished at the front of MM. The points would be even closer. JLO has been fighting the Honda dual all year by himself. Impressive lap from the mid point of the race, i thought JLO would have eased up as usual from MM pressure but he held up and clocked some serious lap times. JLO still has something left.


October 27, 2013 10:31 AM

Rossi performance this year has no excuse, 9 times WC is great but if your 12-15 secs always behind your teammate then you have gone pass the use by date. That doesnt discount anything he has done but reality is that he taught his competitors to do more and thats whats happenening. To beat Rossi you had to go beyond your limit, now that limit is his competitors normal level and hence he is left behind.

In 2009 I remember saying Rossi is the perfect rider, he never makes mistakes, thought the same as everyone else then in 2010,2011 2012 and now 2013 he broke his own myth.

Doesn't change his history but does mean he's history


October 27, 2013 11:23 AM

Man talk about sour grapes.
Why cant you guys just accept that Val is being completely outclassed by his team mate this year?
Every week its the same old crap about him not getting the support that Jorge is or not getting the upgrades that Jorge is.
Talk about playing the same old record.Its getting so boring now its annoying.
Val is just not able to keep up with the top 3 guys now,its obvious to anyone except the most blinkered.


October 27, 2013 11:29 AM

I thought that Rossi rode really well except for one major mistake on the brakes. He would have been easily on the podium had he not made the mistake. Looking at the timing sheets on the MotoGP website tells a great story - Rossi lapped as fast as the front 2 during the last 15 laps of the race.

Now consider that Jorge ran a super-soft rear tire that was a major gamble - the only rider on track to do so - Rossi's efforts aren't that bad at all and actually quite encouraging because he was able to come back from 12th and overhaul both Crutchlow and Smith to finish 2nd best Yamaha. Pretty bloody impressive for an old bloke, right?

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