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Small progress for Rossi and Ducati

"On the positive side, we reduced the gap to the front. On the other hand, I'm obviously not happy with fifth place" - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi and Ducati claimed small progress in finishing closer to victory in Sunday's Catalunya MotoGP, but fifth place was little to celebrate.

Rossi had taken his first Desmosedici rostrum at the previous Le Mans round and, although 7 rather than 14 seconds from Casey Stoner and victory in Catalunya, the true pace of Stoner was arguably masked by light rain at mid-race distance.

Much heavier rain cost Rossi the chance to try his race-day set-up in morning warm-up, without which he feels he could have closed the three-second gap to Ben Spies and the final podium position.

On the otherhand, fifth could easily have been sixth if Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa had been fit to ride, while the lack of race pace by pole sitter Marco Simoncelli removed another factory RCV from the equation.

“There are good and bad aspects to today's race," began Rossi. "On the positive side, we reduced the gap to the front, and the others in front of me weren't so far ahead. On the other hand, I'm obviously not happy with fifth place, because our goal was to do better than that.

"To tell the truth, we really could have done a little better today but last night we thought of a change to try in the warm-up and the session turned out to be wet. The change worked quite well, so we found ourselves at a crossroads as to whether or not to blindly use it in the race.

"We tried it, and that may have been a mistake because the bike moved a lot on corner entry. It was sliding, and I didn't have enough grip, so I was stuck for the whole race, unable to attack Dovizioso and Spies. Otherwise, I think I could have had a slightly better pace and perhaps battled with them.

"Anyway, we're not too far off, and we're working well, which we need to continue doing. The championship is long and we're still fully focused on both the GP11 and 2012, and we have no intention of backing off," Rossi insisted.

Rossi's team-mate Nicky Hayden finished in eighth place and Ducati technical director Filippo Preziosi described round five as 'another small step forward'.

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June 06, 2011 11:20 AM
Last Edited 2181 days ago

yer yer, 5th could of been 6th if Dani was there, 5th could of been 4th if JLo crashed out, 5th could of been 6th is Simo passed him, 5th could of been 1st if Simo took out stoner JLo Spies and Dovi, DNF could of been if he crashed out, all of these factors always come into a topic, the gap was closer then last few races, and Stoners pace was bloody fast, good effort Vale.

Westminister - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 6:57 PM

Rossi completed the race @ Catalunya faster than Stoner the previous season on the Ducati, how does that not mean Rossi is not faster...? Unless the slight drizzle of rain somehow gave Rossi an advantage...

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