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MotoGP Spain: Jerez podium a must for Rossi

'I am very happy that now we go to Europe. The race in Texas was not very lucky for me' - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi says a rostrum finish on Sunday at Jerez is a must as the Movistar Yamaha rider attempts to claw back some ground following his Austin tumble.

Rossi left America empty handed after coming off his M1 in the previous round and is now 33 points behind MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez as he holds third place, 12 points back on team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

The nine-time world champion is looking forward to competing at Jerez this weekend after conceding that luck deserted him in Texas.

“I am very happy that now we go to Europe. The race in Texas was not very lucky for me, but even after a race like that we have to look at the positive side,” said Rossi.

“We were having a very good weekend when we improved in qualifying and I felt very good on the bike and also with the Michelins. Austin has always been a very difficult track for me, but this year it was good. Now we go to Jerez, a track that I like very much.

“It's very different from the first three rounds of the championship,” he added. “We'll have to work well, like we have done in these first races, finding the best setting for the tyres, continue working on the Michelins, and above all we must try to get onto the podium on Sunday.”

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April 20, 2016 1:10 PM

Everyone is "once again" claiming Rossi is past it. I don't see it. He finished 2 seconds off the win at Qatar, was easily on pace with Marc in Argentina until the bike swap (which I knew would ruin a good race) then in Texas he was easily top 2/3 pace going into the race. Everyone will be once again surprised when he wins races this year. Just like 14, and again in 15'. "Oh maverick is gonna beat him" we will see about that. He beat Jorge in 14, lost to him in 15 by a measly 5 points. To say Maverick will beat him on the M1 straight away is like saying that Maverick is as good or better than Jorge. I see Rossi winning 3/4 races this year and finishing top 3. Far from being "washed up" considering you all say this is the most talented grid ever.


April 20, 2016 5:21 PM

Sete: The reason he wants podiums is he knows podium consistency is the only way he will ever get a sniff at a title, it's called the Nicky Hayden model. Didn't work last year. The guy with the most WINS won the championship.
So by your logic, we should just do away with the points system all together, right? Whoever has the most race wins should just automatically win the championship, right? Let's just say JLO won 6 races this season, but in every other race, he finished dead last, or crashed out. There are 18 races this season. So, he should be the champ because he won 6 out of 18 races, but finished last or crashed out every race? Versus a rider who didn't win, but maybe finished on the podium 10 times? That's why there's a points system. It's all about consistency. A guy who podiums 10 out of 17 races (e.g. Nicky Hayden in 2006) is an excellent and consistent rider. Especially for a guy who didn't grow up racing European tracks like all these other alie

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