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MotoGP Brno: Rossi braces for ‘great fight’ with Lorenzo

“It is unbelievable that after eleven races we have equal points" - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi lost the MotoGP World Championship lead after a distant third place in Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix.

First in the standings since round one in Qatar, Rossi has finally been caught by Brno winning team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

While both Yamaha riders have 211 points, a superior 5-3 win tally for Lorenzo means the Spaniard is now officially classified at the head of the standings.

“It is unbelievable that after eleven races we have equal points, so it means that it will be - and is already - a great fight,” said Rossi. “Jorge after the summer break came back in great shape. Two fantastic races, also in Indy where he fought with Marc until the last lap.

“To arrive in Valencia and fight with him for the championship we have to work to be stronger and try to go faster.

“The difference [between us] is coming from the speed that you can achieve, especially on Sunday, and usually Jorge is always very, very fast in all conditions. We have to work hard to improve for try to fight until the end.”

After qualifying on the front row for only the second time this season, a poor start left Rossi in fifth place while Lorenzo and Marc Marquez broke clear at the front.

Riding at the venue where he claimed his very first grand prix win in 1996, the Italian simply didn't have the pace to threaten Lorenzo or Marquez. Rossi finished a demoralising ten-seconds from his team-mate and six-seconds behind the Honda of Marquez.

“A little bit disappointed, especially because I expect a better pace from me,” Rossi confessed. “I know with Jorge it is difficult because all the weekend he was very strong. But I expected more, hoped to stay closer to Jorge and fight with Marc, also because it is a lot more fun.

“But unfortunately it didn't happen. I was too far behind. For sure the start the start was not fantastic, but more than the start I had no rhythm. I wasn't fast enough and for some reason I wasn't able to make the pace of yesterday.

Rossi was at a loss to explain why he had struggled so much.

“Yesterday we found a good setting and we have the question mark with the tyres, but I decide for the hard [front and rear] simply because during practice I feel better with the bike. But we don't modify a lot [for the race].

“Now we have to check the data and try to understand because I expect to be 3-4 tenths faster, especially in the first part of the race. For some reason today it was impossible.”

Looking ahead to what will now effectively be a seven-round world championship between the M1 riders, Rossi said his immediate focus is simply on the next event at Silverstone.

“Every year is different, but on paper I think there are more tracks where Jorge is stronger than me. But have also some tracks where we are very equal,” he began. “But this is not the way to think, the way to think is just try to understand the way to go faster in Silverstone and then after see for the next race.

“This is the way. Step-by-step. Weekend-by-weekend. Try to be ready under all conditions because for sure Silverstone is difficult. Always in the past I'm struggling but last year was a little bit better, even if always Jorge is very strong there from the very first year of the MotoGP race.”

Rossi is chasing his eighth MotoGP title and Lorenzo his third. Reigning champion Marquez is currently 52 points behind the Yamaha duo.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Valentino Rossi

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August 16, 2015 4:01 PM

Win or lose I think we can all agree that Mr Rossi proved soooo many of you wrong by being where he is now. How many people swore he would never even even come close to fighting for wins let alone the championship with these guys after 2012. Then in 13' everyone said "he's done", he will never impress again. He proved everyone wrong. Win or lose to put up a season long fight with one of the best ever in his prime is nothing to be ashamed of. I will be shocked if Jorge and marc are still this good after 18 seasons. It's impressive no matter how it goes down


August 16, 2015 3:46 PM

For everyone saying that Lorenzo goes better in the second half of the championship, that may be true but it's worth noting that after the Brno race last year to the end of the 2014 season Rossi scored 122 points with one DNF, Lorenzo scored 126 points with one DNF and Marquez scored 112 with one DNF. Going by last seasons results it's far too close to say who will come out on top, wet race chaos, a dodgy tyre, one small mistake leading to a crash or being wiped out by somebody else is all it will take to make one riders championship and break another's! It's definitely advantage Jorge but with 7 races to go anything can happen!

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