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Italy MotoGP: Marquez, Lorenzo: Rossi will fight for victory

"His pace is so good. Even with used tyres he is able to do a good lap time, so Valentino will be fighting for the victory" - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo both believe Valentino Rossi can overcome his tenth place start and be a contender for victory in his home Mugello MotoGP race.

Italian legend Rossi was left on row four after making a 'big mistake' in changing to a softer front tyre for his final qualifying run. Prior to qualifying the Movistar Yamaha rider had shown a strong race pace in free practice.

Reigning champion Marquez, who will be looking to add a perfect sixth win of the season from his sixth pole, said:

“Of course it was a surprise to see Rossi in tenth place in qualifying, but I'm sure that tomorrow he will be there. He is one of the strongest riders for the race. His pace is so good. Even with used tyres he is able to do a good lap time, so he will be fighting for the victory.”

Lorenzo, Rossi's Movistar Yamaha team-mate, added:

“Valentino is sometimes strong in qualifying, but maybe he's not the most explosive rider like Marc, myself, or maybe Dani [Pedrosa]. Sometimes he can do pole positions but his real strong point is the race and I'm sure - if he doesn't have too many problems in the first laps with slower riders - he can be fighting for the podium, for the victory.”

Rossi has finished runner-up to Marquez in three of the five races this year and is currently third in the world championship. Unbeaten at Mugello from 2002-2008, Sunday will be Rossi's 300th grand prix start

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May 31, 2014 6:09 PM

Let's hope they get thru the first lap clean. By turn 3 the riders get all bunched up and everyone always tries to be a hero in mugello. We have all seen Rossi win from 10th on the grid and even worse at times . I will be praying that that first lap is a safe one. I think VR can be 4th at the end of lap 1 if all goes well. If he is then I see him having a shot at winning.


June 01, 2014 2:33 AM

Iannone and Dovi have both recently shown the Ducati is fast enough to pull an early holeshot and lead from the start. Crutchlow's quali run seems to show he's finally back on form as well and is close enough he could also be in the dice at the start. If any of those guys or JLo can hold up Marquez's escape Vale has a good sot at catching the lead group. I sure hope so, will make for a far more interesting race than if MM walks from lights out.

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