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BillAce

August 19, 2015 3:48 PM

MotoGP » Rossi braces for ‘great fight’ with Lorenzo


Tire superiority was based on a lot of factors. Michelin was dominant and provided a great deal of support to their riders, Rossi being the #1. He had their best tire engineers and was the priority in getting the perfect one off tires for each weekend. Bridgestone didn't provide any one offs but worked hard to provide tires that worked in any conditions, at any circuit. The global economy tanked and in the financial crisis Michelin pulled back resources they felt they could no longer afford to give. At that point there were Bridgestones that had a wider operating window and worked pretty well anywhere vs Michelins that were relied heavily on making the right tires as needed and weren't capable of bringing a tire that worked for everyone. Rossi had the best tires made specially for him at every race weekend before Michelin pulled back. As soon as he didn't he switched to Bridgestone and became heir 'Tire Ambassado, to help direct their development"..

BillAce

August 17, 2015 12:30 PM

MotoGP » Rossi braces for ‘great fight’ with Lorenzo


lux: That's not the mentality he needs, he needs a Laguna Seca 08 mentality. I know that at 36 is harder, but he HAS TO go for it.
The major difference is his rival was on a POS bike (as Rossi later learned for himself) and this time his rival is on the same machine. Rossi has to be willing to push beyond his comfort zone to run the pace of the guys up front. Just like he needed to due to match Stoner's lap times on the Duc. You can't use race craft if you aren't racing with the competition. That's the problem, not qualifying or hoping softer tires go off and give him an advantage.

BillAce

August 18, 2015 3:32 PM

MotoGP » Rossi braces for ‘great fight’ with Lorenzo


Rossi is an amazing rider but the deck was stacked in his favor for most of his career. It's not a slight, the best rider at the time got the best support. When he got the RC211V only he was provided updates first and Barros gave him a run when he got one on lesser team late in the season. When Jorge entered vale got his data, Jorge got nothing. That was one of the points of contention in Jorge's 2010 contract, he demanded that Vale share too and Yamaha agreed. Vale decided that instead of giving the data he would stop getting Jorge. Vale said "Jorge should find his own way". Its not setup data that makes the difference, its knowing the gearing, best and worst corners. Race craft is easier when you know what your opponent can and will do. In their history, if you give 2010, 13-15 are the seasons where they were truly on equal footing

BillAce

June 15, 2015 12:27 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: It was not enough


The QP process is much better, just look at the mess Moto3 QP was. Before there were too many riders going slow to look for a tow or abandoning a fast lap and creating dangerous situations for others, Not to mention that the fast guys just sat in the pits for half the time anyway, Now you get the fastest guys out there together all putting in their fastest laps. Its safer and more interesting. The bike can qualify .4-.5s faster, its up to the rider to make that happen in the 6 laps they have to try.

BillAce

June 14, 2015 8:19 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: It was not enough


Rossi had pole last year at Jerez. Its not the format, its the willingness to ride over he limit the way the young guys do. Vale is very talented but has never really reliad on pushing past his ability to make the difference. He said as much when he got on the Ducati and saw the data from CS. Super soft or not, there are too many fast guys in GP willing to let it all hang out for one lap.. Either that or start looking for a tow...

BillAce

June 11, 2015 8:16 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: We are very worried!


Jorge has had the Ducati's beat him to the first corner. They simply could not match his pace and he quickly got past and walked away. A bike or 2 in front of 99 doesn't matter when his pace is this good and he has the confidence to carry the higher corner speed. When he's on his game the others just have to ride faster.

BillAce

June 03, 2015 9:05 PM

MotoGP » Rossi, Lorenzo: Race pace comparison


Realist: So you use the 2013 season when Rossi was acclimating to the Yamaha as part of the result. Why not look at the last two seasons? I already mentioned the statistical data from 2014 below, and both riders were pretty darn close.........with Rossi coming in 2nd in the WC. This season Rossi hasn't been off the podium at all, and is only 1 win behind Lorenzo. They are still pretty evenly matched at the moment.
But you can't give Vale a pass for 2 bad seasons on the Ducati for a few reasons. He went on his own. He could have stayed at Yamaha, he just had to take a pay cut so they could give a raise to their #1 rider. Yamaha knew best and decided Jorge was faster. You also can't say Vale was hindered by riding the Duc when Stoner was better head to head and was riding the Duc most of the time. Rossi is and has been fast for a long time but there are riders that have been consistently faster during their time competing against him


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