MotoGP »'s MotoGP season review - Pt 1.

"Casey is very fast and I don't know exactly how to beat him - maybe I need to start 30 seconds earlier!" confessed Rossi on Saturday in California. "Whatever happens a good start is going to be very important and then I will just try to stay with him and keep pushing."

What followed was arguably the best MotoGP race since 2006. When the red lights went out Rossi launched a relentless barrage against the Australian - retaliating whenever Stoner took the lead to prevent the #1 using his superior speed to disappear into the distance.

Stoner's frustration eventually got the better of him and he ran off-track with eight laps to go, allowing Rossi to cruise to his fourth victory of the year and deliver a major psychological blow to Stoner. Stoner initially refused to shake Rossi's hand after the race, but had calmed down a little by the podium ceremony.

Rossi, by contrast, was consumed by a mixture of relief and elation: "What a race! I knew I had to try and stay in front of Casey and it was impossible to relax. I don't know how many times we changed the lead but it was a lot and it was great, great racing. I am sorry Casey thinks some of the passes were a bit strong but I really don't agree; I passed only on the brakes, I braked in the same places every time and we never touched. Of course this was an aggressive race, but it was definitely a fair one."

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Stoner, Rossi, US MotoGP 2008
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Cal Crutchlow at Austria test (pic: LCR).
Cal Crutchlow at Austria test (pic: LCR).
Eugene Laverty at Austria test (pic: Aspar).
Sam Lowes at Austria test (pic: Aprilia)
Sam Lowes at Austria test (pic: Aprilia)
Casey Stoner at Austria test (pic: Ducati)
Andrea Dovizioso at Austria test (pic: Ducati)
Andrea Iannone at Austria test (pic: Ducati)
Iannone at Austria test *pic: Ducati).
Marquez, German MotoGP Race 2016
Marquez, German MotoGP Race 2016
Dovizioso, German MotoGP Race 2016
Dovizioso, German MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, German MotoGP Race 2016
Redding, German MotoGP Race 2016
Race action, German MotoGP Race 2016

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