MotoGP »

MotoGP Qatar: Rossi: Vinales can stay with us in the race

'He is a great talent, he is f*****g young – too young! And also the bike, the Suzuki is improved. So I think that Maverick can stay with us in the race' - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi has tipped Maverick Vinales to be a threat in Sunday's Qatar MotoGP after being impressed with the young Spaniard during FP1.

Rossi posted the second fastest time on the Movistar Yamaha with a lap in 1m 55.707s, which left him two tenths behind Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

The nine-time world champion followed Suzuki prospect Vinales in the opening free practice session and praised the 21-year-old afterwards, touting him as a future MotoGP winner.

“Maverick rides very well, he has very good lines and a very good way to use MotoGP and I think he will be one of the riders that can win in MotoGP,” Rossi said.

“He is a great talent, he is f*****g young – too young! And also the bike, the Suzuki is improved. So I think that Maverick can stay with us in the race, yes.”

Rossi also expects the straight-line speed of the Ducati riders to pose significant problems in Sunday's night race, with the long straight at the Losail International Circuit offering the perfect passing opportunity for the super-fast Desmosedici.

Andrea Iannone was third quickest in practice, riding the latest GP16.

“We have some data and it looks like the problem for everybody is this track because the GP16 has 10kph more,” said Rossi.

“I don't see the official data but this is a problem and if they are able to stay behind, in the straight they win the race. At the same time, it looks like the Honda is a little bit closer to us and Suzuki improve.

“So I think here in Qatar, top speed will be an important issue for the race. For me, our bike is still better in the corner [than Ducati], so this is better for the tyres. We speak, but nobody knows until Sunday night,” he added.

“Apart from that, it was a good start like I said, also because I was able to improve my lap time from the test.”

Rossi now feels that MotoGP's new Michelin tyres could work more in his favour this season, compared to the Bridgestones, although he says the theory needs to be proven in a race situation.

“On paper, I think with Michelin it can be a little bit better for me because they are different tyres and also you can arrive a little bit more step by step. For me the tyres and electronics is good for the show, but we have to wait,” he said.

“But this is on paper and in the test I finished fifth here and sixth in Australia, so I was not in pole position. My target, if I want to try to fight for the important positions, is that I need to improve in the qualifying, so we have to work from this point of view. I say maybe yes, but we have to wait to Saturday.

“I feel good with the bike but now it will be very important to make a good job because I think today the track is different, a lot more dirt compared to the test, so we need to improve the setting practice by practice to arrive ready for the Sunday,” he added.

“Also it will be important to make the right decision for the tyre because it is new and with Bridgestone we had a lot more experience. With Michelin, making the right choice will be important.”


Tagged as: Lorenzo , Valentino Rossi

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rossi, Qatar MotoGP, 2016
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Cristian Gabarrini Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


classicmotof1

March 18, 2016 1:54 AM
Last Edited 6 days ago

PaulW54: Maybe Mav is going to be Rossi's new "boy" wonder how long the love will last when Mav starts beating him.
Or how long will MV realize that like alot of young hotheads thought they could come in and disrupt the pecking order but cannot? How long will MV realize that even when and old VR is beaten he's not beaten by much and will keep on coming? How long will everyone realize that even though they are champion Rossi will still be the darling of the moto world? The sooner everyone realizes that they cannot unseat Rossi, that would also be the time they decide to be jealous and hate Rossi, ram into Rossi, or fix a race so that Rossi does not keep the limelight. Year after year, a young kid would come along thinking they are better than the one who is bigger than the sport. However, they end up bitter, hating, and jealous.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.