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Rossi's white line.

According to Bridgestone, Valentino Rossi was the only rider in the top four using softer compound tyres both front and rear during Sunday's German Grand Prix, but you wouldn't have known that just by looking at them.

The softer compound tyres on offer at each MotoGP weekend are now marked by a white line, yet Rossi's front tyre didn't appear to have such a marking (pictured).

One explanation is that it simply wore off during the race, but it didn't seem to be present from the start and no other white lines appeared to be lost on other bikes. A white line was still present on Rossi's rear tyre at the end of the race.

German Grand Prix - Top 10 tyre choice:

1. Valentino Rossi: Soft front/Soft rear
2. Jorge Lorenzo: Soft front/Hard rear
3. Dani Pedrosa: Soft front/Hard rear
4. Casey Stoner: Hard front/Soft rear
5. Alex de Angelis: Soft front/Soft rear
6. Toni Elias: Soft front/Soft rear
7. Marco Melandri: Soft front/Hard rear
8. Nicky Hayden: Soft front/Soft rear
9. Colin Edwards: Soft front/Soft rear
10. James Toseland: Soft front/Soft rear

Tyre information provided by Bridgestone

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Going to F1. - Unregistered

July 22, 2009 9:55 AM

A few races ago Rossi was under serious pressure (Mugello was his low point), then the talk starts again that he's going to go to F1, next thing Dorna step in and sort things out with Bridgestone to keep him happy. 2007 all over again. Why are people even surprised at Rossi resorting to dirty tricks, he hasn't an honest bone in his body and it's been proven many times in the past, this is just another example.

Bob Buttamasangy

July 21, 2009 11:59 AM
Last Edited 2808 days ago

Rules are rules! Even if it was a coincidence, which I am increasingly beginning to doubt, he should have been penalised or disqualified. This totally proves again, that there are two sets of rules out there. Campsuzi, when comparing Rossi and Stoner in the time they have been rivals on factory machinery, well statistics don't lie, and I guess I'd have to go with Stoner. I'm sure you'll agree. Cheers.

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