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MotoGP Argentina: Rossi: Honda strong, ‘worried’ by rain

"It looks like the Hondas are very strong and a little bit faster than us" - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi described Friday's track conditions in Argentina as like riding in the wet - and is worried by weather forecasts that suggest the real thing will arrive on Saturday.

The Italian was the top Yamaha rider, but only seventh fastest, after the opening pair of practice sessions at the rarely used Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

“Difficult day for everybody because the track was very slippery and very dirty, especially this morning. In the afternoon it got better but we are still in trouble. So we hope that the condition of the track, the grip, gets better again tomorrow and especially for Sunday,” Rossi said.

“It felt a little bit like in the wet. You need to make the corner a little bit slower because the bike slide very much, front and rear, on the edge. So also the lean angle is less than normal and you have to ride always very smooth, also because if you make a mistake and go off line it is very slippery.

“At the end I did some good laps, but it looks like with a lack of grip we suffer a bit more with the Yamaha. It looks like the Hondas are very strong and a little bit faster than us. Not just the two factory riders, but also Miller and Crutchlow.”

Repsol's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were first and second on Friday, almost one-second faster than Rossi. The Doctor believes that as the track improves momentum should swing towards Yamaha, hence his desire for the rain to stay away.

“On paper and what usually happens is that with better track conditions, Yamaha is faster. So for this reason we hope for good weather tomorrow, because if it rains it is a big effect for qualifying.

“But also even if Sunday is dry, if tomorrow it rains and Sunday is dry you would start from today. A very slippery track. So it's better that it remains dry and the track comes better and better.”

Despite last season's form, a wet race would also be a concern be for Italian.

“Last year I was quite strong in the wet. But I'm very worried about this track in the wet because it is very dirty and quite slippery, so with the wet maybe the situation is difficult. So sincerely I prefer dry conditions, for a better race for everybody.”

Qatar winner and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was just 14th quickest on Friday, meaning if it does rain on Saturday morning he will have to take part in Qualifying 1.

By Peter McLaren

Tagged as: Yamaha , Valentino Rossi

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April 02, 2016 6:43 AM
Last Edited 48 days ago

Ahh, so that is why the Yamahas spent hardly any time doing laps - they must have decided the track was not good enough. As previously said, the condition of this track is unacceptable, and not just in Argentina. This custom of letting the bikes clean the track really belongs to a different era, 40 years ago ! The technology we have in 2016 means we could have 3 or 4 cleaning trucks who jet out a great part of the dust the day before FP1. It is ridiculous, and absolutely no fun seeing endless riders crashing JUST BECAUSE THEY STRAYED OFF THE RACING LINE ! Also what is the point of FP1 & FP2 having NO TECHNICAL RELEVANCE to FP3, Q1, Q2, or the race ????. When it comes to that it is madness. Will Dorna do anything about it ? Given how Dorna handled things last year, and how they started even more poorly in Qatar two weeks ago with the Moto2 Morbidelli fiasco which could have robbed Luthi of a deserved win, there is no chance - it is MONEY they will not want to spend ! Shocking !


April 02, 2016 3:21 AM
Last Edited 42 days ago

What a surprise You don't have to be a Valentino Rossi Fan to write something like this or neither to accept the facts of what I am writing here. Please read with an open mind okay.... Argentina is an Spanish Nation ( They speak Spanish as their language ). Yet the amount of fans and support for Valentino Rossi is mind blowing. I mean forget about the circuit, these guys are camping out in front of Rossi's Hotel ...from days ahead. I doubt if any , one of these MotoGP Riders will ever surpass this Rossi's Fan-based love towards him and the global popularity of Valentino Rossi. I really doubt that any of the top MotoGP Riders will ever be loved in a such a manner globally. The global love towards Rossi is something that I haven't witness before. Myself and Two Friends collected our sky-miles and flew to Argentina from California for this race plus our vacation. Therefore we did see it from our own eyes not from the TV. And this isn't Europe or neither Italy. this is in Argenti

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