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German MotoGP: Valentino Rossi: Title situation has changed a lot

“The situation has changed a lot, because I am able to go faster and also because unfortunately Jorge and Dani have injuries” – Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi's 2013 MotoGP title chances have changed a lot in the last two rounds.

After tangling with Alvaro Bautista on the opening lap of his home Italian race, Rossi believed his title hopes were 'completely over'.

The Italian was 56 points from the top and, most importantly, still to find a set-up to suit his riding style on the M1.

That set-up, to enhance his braking ability, was found at the post-Catalunya test and Rossi went on claim his first win of the year next time at Assen.

But the Dutch event was also memorable for fifth place by Yamaha team-mate and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, riding with a newly broken collarbone. Lorenzo will now miss Sunday's German race after re-damaging his shoulder in practice, while title leader Dani Pedrosa is also in doubt after suffering a small fracture to his collarbone on Saturday.

Rossi is just fifth in the championship - 51 points behind Pedrosa and 42 from Lorenzo - as the season approaches its halfway mark, but the recent events mean it's not over yet.

"I have a lot of experience, and at the start of the season I always say 'the championship is very long, be quiet', but the reality is that during the season the championship is still always longer than you expect in your mind," said Rossi, who won his seventh and most recent MotoGP title in 2009.

"I thought after Mugello it was completely over for me. But now it looks like the situation has changed a lot, because I am able to go faster and also because unfortunately Jorge and Dani have injuries, especially Jorge.

"I think that Jorge and Dani are still the fastest on the track, so we have to do another step to stay with them. But the championship is very, very long. We are not so far. We must just concentrate Sunday-by-Sunday and try to take as many points as possible."

With just one more week until the US MotoGP, Pedrosa and Lorenzo will also be less than fully fit at Laguna Seca. Indeed, Lorenzo is yet to confirm he will take part in the event while Pedrosa cannot afford another knock on his weakened collarbone.

The title favourites thus look set to surrender sizeable points to Marc Marquez (-23 points), Cal Crutchlow (-49) and Rossi over the next two races - that same trio will form Sunday's front row.

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July 13, 2013 10:05 PM

he's right , he has all the experience to deal with such circumstances , after Aragon test he found the solution for his front end and now he can brake late like we sow last time out in assen when he made three overtaking manoeuvers to bradl marc and pedrosa he's back in form tomorrow he may get another win or at least a podium finish and next week will be the big show in california , he loves the track he has great memories there then indianapolis when he will go there just for podium because i think the hondas have a huge advantage there and then brno he will fight for a victory there , like he said the championship is long and rossi's best is yet to come !


July 14, 2013 5:37 AM
Last Edited 748 days ago

Amazing, people here come across like he said he was going to win the c-ship. What he said is before he thought it was impossible, and now the situation suddenly changed and it is not so impossible. 1 or 2 races and things can completely change for good or bad. That being said, the most dangerous weapon in MotoGP has been given back to Rossi in the form of confidence in the front end of his racing motorcycle. He can now use that weapon without having to get a great start and run away. A decent start is all that is needed and let the leaders wear themselves and their tires out, And the consummate follower will be there ready to attack the slightest flaw. If people don't think that Lorenzo and Pedrosa don't have that on their mind, well they have another think coming. That is why they push so hard for a pole position, They know that if they don't run away, they are in for a battle royale, and we know who usually gets the fuzzy end of the lollypop when they have a battle with Rossi.

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