MotoGP » Rossi: Bautista 'closed the line, but I was in front'

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Rossi has always been a "determined" driver. If he went for (what he percieved as) a gap, the other driver knew it was either let him go, or crash. And up till 2009 the most other drivers felt he was quicker anyway, so was going to pass sooner or later anyway. Quick risk/reward judgement call and they let him go. Today Rossi is not seen as "quicker anyway" by quite a few drivers. Whether or not he still has it in him is not relevant, the results have not been there for quite some time so the view of the other drivers of Rossi has changed. So in those heat of the moment judgement calls, less of the others will cave in and let him through. And therefore he will have a harder time cutting through the field, and a higher risk of getting into situations like the one with Bautista. Racing is very much a mind game, and the mindset of other drivers towards Rossi has changed. And every race he is not dominating like he used to, the process will continue.

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