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Rossi 13th at Assen after tyre trouble forces pit stop

'It's a shame about today because I started quite well. I was there, having a good race, and I think I could have had a decent result' - Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi's chances of a top six finish in today's Dutch TT at Assen were thwarted after the Italian superstar was forced to make a tyre change.

Rossi had been battling for sixth position with his works Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden, but had to return to his garage after developing a terminal issue with his rear Bridgestone.

Other riders, including Yamaha's Ben Spies, also suffered major rear tyre issues - Spies saying that 'chunks' came out.

“Unfortunately a few riders experienced a problem with their rear tyre today and we sincerely apologise to those riders affected," said Bridgestone's Shinichi Yamashita.

"We have commenced a full investigation into the matter and I will personally take the affected tyres back to Bridgestone's Technical Centre in Japan tomorrow where they will undergo detailed analysis to determine the cause of this issue.”

Eventually finishing in 13th position, Rossi said: “It's a shame about today because I started quite well. I was there, having a good race, and I think I could have had a decent result.

“I was fighting with Nicky, who had passed me, but he was a little bit slower and I was waiting for a good moment to attack him again.

“I could have finished sixth, which would have given me some points to help in the standings, but we had a big problem with the tyre about 11 laps from the end.

“I had to return to the garage to change it because it was impossible to continue, so I started again with the soft and finished the race.

“We'll try again next week at the Sachsenring.”




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ypvs - Unregistered

June 30, 2012 7:28 PM

Rossi should find decent ride and get off that POS ducati. The only thing that ducati can do for him is mess up his riding.Sooner the better he is back on jap bike.

dacron

June 30, 2012 7:49 PM

and now we all come full circle to stoners so called moaning about the tires being not up to standard!! stoner has been saying all year the tires are not as good as he knows they can make them , and he's been using bridgstone longer than anyone on the grid , so he his very qualified to judge. but no he's just moaming!! that is until vale and others start to have major problems with them. only then do everyone think the tires are crap. last race stoner mentioned he was given a dud back tire! that was dead in 4 laps. bridgstone report that every rider gave positive feedback!!. vale says today his tire was bad , bridgstone are doing a full investigation. the whole wacko show is is a favoritism scam.



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