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Catalunya MotoGP: Rossi fired-up for 'fantastic' Catalunya

“I know that to fight with Jorge and Marc I have to give my best from the first free practice” - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi has pledged to do 'everything' he can to battle home heroes Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo in this weekend's Catalunya MotoGP

Rossi moved up to second in the world championship with a strong tenth-to-third ride in front of his home fans at Mugello.

However the Italian superstar is already 53 points behind the unbeaten Marquez, who - along with the likes of Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa - will have the extra motivation and pressure of a home event this weekend.

“I am very happy to go to Barcelona, especially after the good weekend at Mugello where we put two Yamahas on the podium,” said Rossi, who finished behind team-mate Lorenzo in Italy.

“I really like the Grand Prix of Catalunya. It is a track that I like a lot, it's fantastic! I know that to fight with Jorge and Marc I have to give my best from the first free practice to be very strong on Sunday.

“I will try to do everything to be in front with them, once again.

“I am very happy with how we are working on the bike. I know that we can do even better, the team is very motivated and for that I really want to start the weekend in Barcelona!”

Rossi is the most successful rider at Catalunya with nine victories, including six in the premier-class, but had to settle for fourth place behind Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez last season.

The seven time MotoGP champion intends to remain at Yamaha for the next two seasons, but a new contract is yet to be announced.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Valentino Rossi

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June 11, 2014 4:40 PM
Last Edited 104 days ago

Sorry Guna but that slipstream theory is a lot of bull.... Look at the lap times, Lap 4: 93 is 0.688 behind 99. 46 is 0.573 behind 93. Lap 5: 93 is 0.354 behind 99. 46 is 0.765 behind 93 (that is, MM has closed on Lorenzo and increased the gap to Rossi. Rossi has actually closed the gap to Lorenzo by 1 tenth, but can't keep up with MM). From lap 6 to 15: 93 is between 0.2 -0.3 seconds behind 99. 46 goes from 1.2 seconds behind 99 to 2.8 seconds behind 99. That's all before MM started getting into Lorenzo's slipstream...After that 46 actually closed the gap to them because they were getting into each other's way. Conclusion: MM is faster than Rossi. He is also faster than Lorenzo. Rossi however is pretty close to matching Lorenzo's pace, I think he's no more than 1 tenth or 1.5 tenths away. That's massive improvement considering last year. Matching MM pace is a different story though, remember this was a track that favored the Yahamas!

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