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Matthew Birt  says:

Yamaha boss: Rossi a title contender in 2014

Valentino Rossi’s brilliant victory challenge in the season’s opening MotoGP race in Qatar proves that the Italian is a genuine title contender in 2014, according to Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis. The 35-year-old was a close second to reigning world champion Marc Marquez in an enthralling opening to the 2014 campaign under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Doha. One of Rossi’s best...

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DeGrasse

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DeGrasse says:

Firebird3

Funny you mentioned the last lap, i was under the same impression, in particular the way he failed to take advantage of the moment he passed Marquez on the brakes and accelerate harder out of this corner, up to then he could hold a tighter line and be with the RC on the gas.

I don't think it is a question of stamina or agressivity though, more that the tyres were getting just that little bit less grip and the M1 not fully ready to get out of turns as it did a few years ago.

Rossi used to slide the M1 in and out without problemes, the 2014 is still not 100% his bike, he was sliding it but not the same way, but without details it is hard to make of it more than an impression.

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davefinnerty says:

last lap

 I feel the same way about the last lap. I was very much hoping Rossi would take the win because Id like to see him win a few before he goes however the Rossi of 09-10 and previous would not lie down on the last lap as he always had that psychological edge kinda like when he punted Sete off all those years ago because there wa sa time he would not accept second best. Its partially for this reason that I think he wont win a championship even if he is close enough to be in the dog fight for the lead at the end of all the races.

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Firebird3

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Firebird3 says:

Dave

 You have got to put it into context here........Rossi had the measure of Sete and most of the others at that time and so passing them was no great deal and therefore wasn't a great risk at passing them.   In this case however, it is not a case of Rossi excepting second best, it is called doing what is best for the current situation.  MM is the 'new order' and maybe could be the best at the moment and also doesn't mind taking risks, so even though Rossi may or may not could of got the better of him,  the risk of doing so is a whole lot higher and one or both could of been taken out.     If the race had been later in the season and points are critical, then Rossi would of been all out on that last lap, but with this in mind, together with having 20 points over JL (which is a massive boost) Rossi did the sensible thing.

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Firebird3

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Firebird3 says:

Cunning

 Rossi could play it clever here as well.............JL was pretty p@ssed off with MM and there is some friction between them, this is going to lead to some heated battles. If Rossi keeps on getting on the podium and building up the points tally, MM and JL just might trip each other up.

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DeGrasse

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DeGrasse says:

I.M.H.O

Their problem for next week-end is more about how much progress have the M1 made since last year, because from the 2013 race, the Yamaha was way off the RC pace, we might well see yet another 1/2 Honda at Austin, with or without Bridgestone one off "present" to Lorenzo.

If there is a track where corner speed doesn't work for Jorge it's there, they need better performance on the brakes and acceleration, or else, the Hondas will be flying.

ps any improvement on the tyres will work (perhaps to a lower extend) for everyone else, but in Austin it's braking and passing the power down the track that matters.

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DeGrasse

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Subject for reflexion.

Does anyone remember Pedrosa close-call on the brakes in Austin?

7 laps to go, he nearly ran into Marquez and had to go wide to avoid him, you know what i mean, this little debate about how Marquez is dangerous and takes risks etc, remember last year when he touched Dany's bike and cut his traction control sensor cable?

Every year we hear about how some guys are "dangerous" and not on how some other might be luckier or never seems to be taking the blame for the incidents they are responsible of, this is high-speed racing, not snooker, there will always be an element of luck, and i wonder what might have been said if it had been Dany who would have accidently taken Marquez off in Austin 2013...

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Nostrodamus says:

Contrary to the delusions of some

 The Terrapin - I am not an engineer and I cannot solve every problem.

 

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Bob Buttamasangy

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What if a spaceship in the shape of a giant ring/open ender swooped down and beamed them up with it's tractor beam DeGreasyhole? What might have been said then?

Speaking of spanners...

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DeGrasse

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DeGrasse says:

True delusion.

Look who's talking, the guy who doesn't have nor the IQ nor the education to figure out development rider's jobs from engineering, we wont mention conceptual design, structural design, aerodynamic design to him because he will end up committing suicide by booze intoxication, he looks already very near the edge.

Go back to primary school you're making a fool of yourself. (Again). And ask mum for this cuddle you're crying out for.

Note that he swaped to this topic because he was trolling and flaming on the previous one where he was told his psychopathic attention grabbing flame bates were looking that stoopid. Someone give this guy a sandwich please.

Yamaha Racing: By signing Valentino Rossi with his outstanding machine development sense, helped Yamaha find new ways to boost performance. That synergy came together in the 2004 season's YZR-M1 and brought a debut win in the opening round of the series.

Yamaha also brought another very big trump card to the 2004 season by signing Valentino Rossi. Rossi was not only a super-fast rider but also a sharp contributor in machine development, qualities that had won him the nickname "The Doctor." Rossi would prove that reputation by bringing out more than 100% of the new YZR-M1's potential in winning the pole position in the opening round of the 2004 season and going on to a pole-to-checkered victory in his debut race with Yamaha.

global.yamaha-motor.com/race/wgp-50th/column/vol30/

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Nostrodamus

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'The Doctor'

A nickname the Terrpain gave himself - how quaint. Although it was formalised in 2005 by the University of Urbino with their granting of an honorary doctorate in Communications & Publicity. So the Terrapin is little more than Alistair Campbell - a doctor of spin!

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