For the first time since 2012, Valentino Rossi was left off the podium in the Qatar MotoGP season opener.

The Italian, who signed a new two-year Yamaha contract during the season-opening event, finished the race in fourth position - but just 2.387s behind victorious team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

The Doctor now heads to round two in Argentina eager to stand om the rostrum for the first time during the new Michelin/single ECU era and boosted by memories of last year's race.

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Rossi his first took victory at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit after a dramatic late-race clash with Marc Marquez, the first of three incidents involving the pair last season.

"I am very happy to go to Argentina. In this place I have many fans and it's always nice to feel the affection and passion of these people. I have great memories here. Last year it was a great race. It will be difficult to repeat the same result but we will try," said Rossi.

"In Qatar I was not able to go on the podium but it was a good race anyway. We worked well throughout the weekend. In Argentina we will have to do the same thing, but we'll have to do better in the race and try to get on the podium. I really like the Termas track and we will try our best!"

Team director Massimo Meregalli expects to again see both his riders up front this weekend, although the lack of prior testing with the new Michelin tyres is a significant unknown.

"This year our riders are both in top form so we are expecting another close fight this weekend. We have already gained more knowledge on how well Michelin's tyre life lasts over long distance from the first race. It will be interesting to see how the tyres will perform at this circuit where we haven't done any testing yet."

Rossi signed a new two-year Movistar Yamaha contract in Qatar, but Lorenzo is yet to decide his future.

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ZeFrenchAngle:
bri t: Anybody been bothered to count World Championships of JL vs VR when VR was at JL age?

I ain't, but would be interesting. [\blockquote]

It's quite easy to do actually.

You start with a blank sheet of paper, get the correct information, and then do things called "addition" and "subtraction".

Some people also use something called a "calculator".

I believe it might be called "basic arithmetic".

Anyhow, you should try it, it's quite cool, but you have to start with a blank sheet of paper - that's the critical part .... :-)
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LOL. Trying sooo hard to be intellectual but completely misses, within a small post, that I ain't bothered enough to. Duurrh!

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Anybody been bothered to count World Championships of JL vs VR when VR was at JL age?

I ain't, but would be interesting.

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Ichabod: Always will be a Rossi fan, but he simple will have to ride harder take more risks to keep up with Lorenzo. Same bike, same conditions, same everything, simply down to the rider in his case.[\blockquote]

and maybe some luck in choice of unknown rubber?..like #99 who took a simple gamble in the last minute and gained an advantage over #46 that could have back fired as it did for him already a few times.

Other than that #29, on the same rubber, could have been e little more dangerous than #04.

"Luck" or whatever you like to call it, is always an ingredient

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Jeez I've been hearing already 10 years now that #46 has lost it. The factual evidence is opposite in fact but hey who cares about facts.

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TwistedWrist29: He forced a rider off the line and caused a crash with his actions. He is cracking apart. I wish the media would stop giving him the majority of press... its boring as F1[\blockquote]

You mean when #93 rammed the rear of #46 in Argentina 2015 it was the fault of the guy in front? OK right. Then in Assen, when #93 banged into #46 resulting in an "off track-push" and barely could keep his own ride between the lines, it was also the fault of the guy in front?

or are you referring to Sepang 2015? If yes, what does that have to do with Argentina?

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Sete: ccwn said: Lance just raced where the money was.

Riders salaries 2015

Rossi 12M Euro
Lorenzo 4M Euro

and your point is?[\blockquote]

yeah yeah,

#99:
2014: 7.2 M Euro
2013 4 M Euro

notice anything?

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Yearby23:
Harryx:
TwistedWrist29: He forced a rider off the line and caused a crash with his actions. He is cracking apart. I wish the media would stop giving him the majority of press... its boring as F1[\blockquote]

You mean when #93 rammed the rear of #46 in Argentina 2015 it was the fault of the guy in front? OK right. Then in Assen, when #93 banged into #46 resulting in an "off track-push" and barely could keep his own ride between the lines, it was also the fault of the guy in front?

or are you referring to Sepang 2015? If yes, what does that have to do with Argentina?
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There was no contact in Assen...Marquez had the inside, Rossi didn't even attempt to run on the outside and instead when full throttle over the gravel trap.... Argentina Rossi changed his line from previous laps and Marquez was unlucky.
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Read:

CRASH: MOTOGP ASSEN: RACE DIRECTOR TALKS ROSSI, MARQUEZ INCIDENT

and keep your facts straight

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