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German MotoGP: Rossi needs ‘another step’ for victory fight

“I'm happy with the setting, but if we want to fight for victory we have to make another step” – Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi finished Friday practice for the German MotoGP in fifth place but just 0.365s from the top.

However the Yamaha star believes he will need to make further improvements with the set-up of his M1 to fight for a second victory in a row.

“I'm quite happy because I'm quite fast, my pace is not so bad and we are not far from the top. But we have to improve,” said Rossi.

“We have some areas where I'm not so confident. We tried some modifications but I didn't improve. I'm happy with the setting, but if we want to fight for victory we have to make another step.

“It looks like when the track has more temperature it gives us more problems, especially after 10-15 laps. It is difficult for us to use the hard tyre, but with the soft tyre the bike starts to move a lot.

“Anyway we are not so far away. Five or six riders have good pace so it will be interesting tomorrow.”

One of the riders ahead of Rossi on the timesheet will not be present on Sunday. Team-mate and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo re-damaged his freshly plated collarbone and will return to Barcelona for surgery.

“Jorge did something magic at Assen, but to crash again today on the same shoulder is very bad,” said Rossi. “I hope that the metal plate does not have a big problem and that he comes back as soon as possible.”

Seven time champion Rossi took his first win since 2010 at Assen.

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Guna4699

July 12, 2013 6:59 PM

Looking at several riders throughout the history of motogp crashing to miss races, leaves us wondering about the level of consistency of THE DOCTOR. Apart from what he achieved miserly very few crashes, DNF's and race misses speaks volumes about Rossi's greatness. Few like stoner never cares anything but takes the bike to limits for race victor, collect a few wins along with crashes and DNF'S. Crashes might even force you to sit out of races and its down to luck to decide whether they'll race or not the next weekend. Being fastest is just one dimension of racing and a complete racing has lot more in it, Rossi is more complete than anyother rider in current era. there seems to exist a more perfect balance between speed and safety with Rossi which no one else has,, he knows when to attack and when to play down.



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