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Pedrosa labels Rossi the 'unknown quantity'

The Repsol Honda rider is pleased with his bike's pace so far, though he is refusing to discount Rossi and champions Yamaha.
Dani Pedrosa says Valentino Rossi can never be discounted as a title contender, despite the somewhat inauspicious start to the seven-time MotoGP world champion's career as a Ducati rider.

Rossi finished the first pre-season test of 2011 in a modest 11th position overall, while Pedrosa – together with Honda stablmates Casey Stoner and Marco Simoncelli – have been amongst the main pace setters.

Despite this, Pedrosa is refusing to eliminate Rossi from the equation of title challenger, maintaining the Italian has the ability to turn things around in time for the start of the new season.

“The great unknown quantity will perhaps be Rossi,” he said in his latest blog. “It's his first year with Ducati and in Malaysia he wasn't amongst the fastest riders. But Rossi is Rossi, and you can never rely on anything. Even when he's in last place on the Saturday he still has the capacity to surprise.”

Additionally, Pedrosa is wary of reigning champions Yamaha, pointing out that Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies continue to display the most convincing race pace.

“Right now the Honda RC212V seems to be functioning well. We'll see what happens when we get to the first GP of the year, because everything could change there. You never know, but at the moment everything points towards a tough World Championship.

“The Yamaha continues to have a good rhythm lap upon lap. Lorenzo, as the defending Champion, is a rival to beat, and Spies had a great season in 2010 and will certainly be better this year.”



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Mojo Jojo

February 16, 2011 11:01 AM

"Even when he's in last place on the Saturday he still has the capacity to surprise.” So so true. With perhaps the exception of Lorenzo, Vale is just one of those riders who do not have to be up front at the start to actually finish first at the end. No one can convert 12th at the start into 1st at the finish like Rossi can.

rossi's fan - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 11:27 AM

I would like to congratulate Valentino Rossi with his birthday! Today he is 32. Wish you good luck this season, as less as possible injures and good relationship inside the team!



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