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MotoGP Argentina: Rossi bemoans pit stop setback

'It was a shame because in the first part I was a lot more strong and lot more competitive, so I think I can do a very good fight for try to win' - Valentino Rossi.
Argentina MotoGP runner-up Valentino Rossi felt Sunday's required pit stop at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit worked against him after he struggled to run the same pace in the second half of the race.

The Movistar Yamaha rider gained two places on the final lap of when Ducati pair Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso crashed out at the final corner, after Iannone made a hopeful dive up his team-mate's inside.

However, Italian Rossi felt he had the chance to challenge Marc Marquez for victory until he was forced to change to his second M1 - all riders being required to make a bike change in the aftermath of a tyre failure for Scott Redding in practice.

“In the end it was a shame because in the first part I was a lot more strong and lot more competitive, so I think I can do a very good fight for try to win,” Rossi said.

“It's also a shame because during the weekend we never had a problem with the tyres on the Yamaha and because of another bike [Redding's tyre problem], we need to change everything when we don't suffer.

“At the end it was a very good result because with the rain the track changed the level of grip and in these conditions we struggled most. For some reason with the second bike and the second set of tyres I had a lot more problems to have the same pace,” he added.

“Also the conditions were very bad and I was never able to take the rhythm and at the end [Maverick] Vinales arrived and also the two Ducatis. Iannone overtook me at the end at turn five, but I braked very deep and we both went wide and Dovizioso overtook us.

“At that moment I thought the podium was over for me because I cannot do nothing so this 20 points are important for the championship and especially I am very happy for my team and for Yamaha.”

Rossi is second in the championship standings after the first two rounds, eight points behind Marquez.





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notm4bs

April 04, 2016 12:29 AM

its truly amazing to read the comments on here saying how lucky Rossi was. Its as if the naysayers didnt watch any of the 1st half of the race where Rossi was strong and passed Marc twice to just pressure him and even when MM got back in front and tried to make a break Rossi reeled him in easily and just sat back waiting to plan where to pass again until the pit stop which gave Marquez new life seemingly. When people comment on all the luck Rossi supposedly had please remember that to finish 1st, 1st you must finish. 2. please stop talking about Rossi as if he's new to racing at this level as he's maintained a very high level even in the years he didnt win the title hes finished no lower than 2nd in the standings bar his years with ducati twice higher than Lorenzo and leading lorenzo all the way until the very end last year. The man is second in the standings for a reason and it isnt luck.

ZeFrenchAngle

April 04, 2016 12:17 AM

Well, it's like this. Rossi looked like he would have gone on to win the race had there not been a bike change. 4th in Qatar - 2nd in Argentina. He got lucky today but, as he said in his interview, Iannone nearly took him out, and then went and took Dovizioso out, and on his first half performance when he and Marquez were shoulders above everyone else, he deserved that bit of luck. 2nd in the table. Also qualified on the top row when he had qualified 7th last year. I think the future is looking bright - if he had any doubts that he can still cut it, he no longer needs to worry. I was worried after Qatar, even though it was only the first race - after today, I have a LOT of faith ! And just like Marquez he is getting better and better used to the Michelins. I feel pretty positive for him after today !



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