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Rossi sees podium chance slide away

"I was strong and I enjoyed it but I made a mistake and the good result was thrown away" - Valentino Rossi.
By Stephen English

Valentino Rossi was in contention for a podium finish in Sunday's wet French MotoGP, until he slid from his Factory Yamaha with ten laps to go.

The Italian had risen from eighth to third, then lost a place to Cal Crutchlow, but had set what would be the second fastest lap of the race shortly before his lowside fall.

"It's a pity because I had a good chance for a good result I think I had the potential for a podium," confirmed Rossi, whose accident forced a closely-following Nicky Hayden to run wide.

"I arrived at turn six and didn't arrive too fast or too wide, but I hit the bump with the brake and it's a great pity because we lose the chance for the podium. We lose some important points in the championship.

"Until that moment the race was very good. I did a good start and I have a good setting on the bike and could push. I was strong on braking and under acceleration was not so bad. The good thing is that until then [the crash] I had good speed and my performance was OK.

"I was strong and I enjoyed it but I made a mistake and the good result was thrown away."

Rossi, without a rostrum since round one in Qatar, remounted to finish in twelfth position on a damaged bike. Reflecting further on what might have been Rossi, who also struggled with a misting visor, said:

"[Race winner] Pedrosa was faster but made some mistakes, but together with Cal I had more or less the same pace. On the single lap I was as fast as him and the pace was the same. Cal was fast but I had two or three points where I was also not so bad and I think I could fight with him for second place."

When asked for his view on Andrea Dovizioso's impressive performance on the Ducati - Dovizioso led in the early stages and was running second at the time of Rossi's fall - Rossi commented that like last year the Ducati has good traction under acceleration.

Round five will be Rossi's home Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

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Enigmatic - Unregistered

May 19, 2013 4:42 PM

Testimony of a true fan Even if they say you are rotten, finished, unreliable, rusty(mr fluke). Your true fans appreciate you bcos we know you can't be up thr for life. Even if you don't win a race this year. You'r a Legend, made already. Ya'll should get in rossi's shoes before bashing him, I'll even bet- The shoes will be too big for you Respect to all riders.

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