MotoGP »

Rossi: Almost like missing practice

"On the first bike, a wire touched a hot part and the bike stopped. On the other bike, there was a separate electrical problem, and the result was the same" – Valentino Rossi.
Already without his usual crew chief Jerry Burgess, Valentino Rossi's home Italian Grand Prix hopes suffered a further set-back when the MotoGP superstar suffered technical problems with both his Ducatis in opening practice.

Left just 13th fastest, after completing 13 laps, Rossi's hopes of making up for lost time during the Friday afternoon session were then thwarted by the weather, with spots of rain leaving the track too slippery for slicks until the final five minutes.

Needing all the track time he could get, Rossi recorded six laps on the new GP11.1 motorcycle - introduced last weekend at Assen - before the chequered flag was waved.

“It's almost as if we didn't have practice today," said Rossi, who concluded Friday 1.793sec behind pace setting countryman Marco Simoncelli. "This morning we only had one complete [run], which went pretty well. Then we had problems with both of the bikes, and I was left with the time that I did on my fourth lap.

"They were really just minor problems, but the fact is that we didn't ride anymore after the early minutes: on the first bike, a wire touched a hot part and the bike stopped. On the other bike, there was a separate electrical problem, and the result was the same.

"The afternoon session was halfway between wet and dry, so it was useless. Only in the final minutes were we able to do three laps to check some changes we had made, and the results seemed interesting.

"We hope we can try them more thoroughly tomorrow to see how competitive we are in normal conditions. Having tested the GP12 here gives us a starting point, but we still have to adapt the 800's setup, as it requires different lines in order to maintain corner speed.

"Tomorrow we'll continue to test, and we hope to get close to the others.”

Rossi - winner at Mugello from 2002-2008 - has taken one podium so far this season. The seven time MotoGP champion broke his leg during practice for last year's Mugello round.

Team-mate Nicky Hayden was the top Ducati rider on Friday, in eighth place, as he continued working with the step 2 frame for the original GP11.

“We were pretty strong in our first run this morning. We didn't improve much from there, but I used the same hard tyre the whole session, and it worked well here on both sides," said Hayden. "We made a couple little changes with the bike that felt like they were in a good direction.

"I did my fastest lap on the step 1 chassis, but the data showed that the step 2 had some pluses.

"This afternoon was wet one minute and dry the next. It looked like guys were destroying their wet tyres quick, and there was no point in putting on engine mileage and taking risks. We just went out to check a power setting on a practice start. We'll see what tomorrow brings.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rossi, Dutch MotoGP 2011
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo on Ducati debut
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi`s crashed Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


King Kenny - Unregistered

July 01, 2011 7:07 PM

I bet Rossi is really missing his M1 right now. As Lorenzo pointed out for the Spanish television today (regarding future improvements for his bike and what he thought of the new gearbox Ducati has), at this level it is very difficult to improve the bikes, even with all the resources Ducati is pouring on the GP11-12-whatever and having a rider as gifted as Rossi. It is kind of sad, though, to see Rossi struggle so much. I wonder if he regrets moving to Ducati. I have little doubt that if he stayed at Yamaha he'd be fighting for podiums most races. I don't think he could dominate anymore like he used to do, though, the young guns only get better and better and Rossi's talent peaked some time ago, but still. At least it wouldn't be so embarrasing to watch.

R O S S I - Unregistered

July 01, 2011 7:26 PM
Last Edited 1987 days ago

People that saying that Rossi hits the end of the road are numb twits. Pffff Crash.net should take a second look at that ''BAN COMMENT SECTIONS'' comment that one of the members posted Rossi got qalot of sympathie and I respect his motivation, just because he got a big task on his hands that doesn't mean it's over with him. Shame that I actually have to post this, it's nearly impossible to have a good conversation on here. I put my vote up for a ''Ban The Comment Section'' That would atleast give this webiste a new life and I hope it will be worth reading again.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.