PH2: Moto GP - Rossi's return


The first official MotoGP test of the year has kicked off in Sepang and it looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a cracker of a season. Not only are some of the rookies already well on the pace, there is the small matter of a nine times world champion with a bit of fire back in his belly...

Expect sparks to fly with teammate Lorenzo
Expect sparks to fly with teammate Lorenzo
Yep it was all smiles (for now) in the factory Yamaha MotoGP team with Jorge Lorenzo second on the timing sheets and Valentino Rossi fourth in his first proper dry outing on the M1 since splitting from Ducati. As rain cut short day two of the test, Lorenzo was just 0.019 seconds behind pace setter Dani Pedrosa with Rossi 0.489 adrift. However the big story was who was in third.

Dani Pedrosa topping the charts was kind of expected, but Marc Marquez, a class rookie, in third place and just 0.254 seconds behind Dani shows the raw talent the young Spaniard has. Honda has made no secret of the fact it expects Dani to win this year, if he fails it isn't going to take long for Marc to become the golden boy. PH2 reckons there will be a few Spanish dummies spat in the Repsol garage this year...

Team Brit, or Tech 3 as it is also known, is also looking good for 2013 with Cal Crutchlow fifth in the standings and Bradley Smith eighth. That's a solid start for Bradders considering he is also new to MotoGP. But it's not good news for everyone...

Ducati has started 2013 as it finished 2012 - in trouble! Hayden and Dovi are both propping up the bottom of the top 10 with times over 1.5 seconds slower than leaders while Ben Spies is a massive 2.453 seconds off the pace. And to rub salt in his wounds both the Yamaha and Honda test riders are quicker than him...

 

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  • 998420 10 Feb 2013

    998420 said:
    Vale loves bikes, he loves racing. If you followed his Twitter postings over the winter, he was running a 30 or 40 strong dirt/speedway/dirtrack sliding school with his mates and a lot of fellow MOTOGP and upcoming racers, in freezing fog, rain etc.

    Not just a special racer, also a very special guy, I do not think we will ever see him leave the paddock.
    He just posted a nice one of these up ... http://instagram.com/p/VjgouyuDUl/

  • macdeb 09 Feb 2013

    marky911 said:
    laugh +1
    Excellent!

    Honestly not wanting to start a Rossi/Stoner war part to the thread but I do laugh at the Stoner fans who constantly lay into Rossi. It's like it's the new cool thing to hate Rossi. confused

    By laying into him they're ironically no better than the Stoner haters that they blame Rossi for bringing to the sport. laugh

    The same people wheel out the "I watch for the racing, not for the personalities". That's great but I'd just like to mention 2 points.

    1) If you watch for the racing then surely you must appreciate the racing Rossi has brought up over the years vs Biaggi, Gibernau '05, Stoner '09/'10. Some epic racing.

    2) If you can support and cheer for someone you don't particularly like, great, good for you. I like to cheer for people who are great on track but also who seem like likeable lads and no, that doesn't mean I wish they were my new best friend as someone put it on here. laugh

    Yes I'm a Rossi fan, but also a Haydon, Cal, Dani, Edwards fan. I can appreciate Stoners riding but just didn't like him so found it hard to cheer about him.
    He was a whinger and I know his fans say "he just tells it how it is" and "Rossi was whinging all last year". True but even when he won Stoner would still say things like "Yeah happy to get the win but I was just coasting the bike home as x or y wasn't right" (not an exact quote)

    Rossi said yesterday after the test “Jorge did a great race simulation, at a very high level and he rides so well. If I had tried to do a race simulation today I could not go as fast as him.”

    Telling it like it is. I don't see mind games (although there is always that going on to a degree) or whinging. He just says fair and square "I could not go as fast as him".

    Anyway, rant over. I just think it's weird how people are berated for calling Stoner but then the same people caling others "Rossi fan boy chavs"can do the same about Rossi.

    He's the greatest of all time due to his results and racing . So let's appreciate the racing.
    Is he past his best? Maybe, I don't know. Will he win another championship ever? Maybe, I don't know.
    What I do know is I'll enjoy watching to see what happens, but I'll also be enjoying watching the other 20-odd lads on the grid, who I have equal respect for.

    Peace! hippy
    Cool.

  • marky911 08 Feb 2013

    bikerPaul said:
    s3fella said:
    Well I'm putting 20 quid on Marquez or win the championship.
    Although I'm also thinking of sticking a tender on him to win the hand bike race at the 2016 Paralympics.
    Have a rofl for the best post on PHeads for a long time. thumbup
    laugh +1
    Excellent!

    Honestly not wanting to start a Rossi/Stoner war part to the thread but I do laugh at the Stoner fans who constantly lay into Rossi. It's like it's the new cool thing to hate Rossi. confused

    By laying into him they're ironically no better than the Stoner haters that they blame Rossi for bringing to the sport. laugh

    The same people wheel out the "I watch for the racing, not for the personalities". That's great but I'd just like to mention 2 points.

    1) If you watch for the racing then surely you must appreciate the racing Rossi has brought up over the years vs Biaggi, Gibernau '05, Stoner '09/'10. Some epic racing.

    2) If you can support and cheer for someone you don't particularly like, great, good for you. I like to cheer for people who are great on track but also who seem like likeable lads and no, that doesn't mean I wish they were my new best friend as someone put it on here. laugh

    Yes I'm a Rossi fan, but also a Haydon, Cal, Dani, Edwards fan. I can appreciate Stoners riding but just didn't like him so found it hard to cheer about him.
    He was a whinger and I know his fans say "he just tells it how it is" and "Rossi was whinging all last year". True but even when he won Stoner would still say things like "Yeah happy to get the win but I was just coasting the bike home as x or y wasn't right" (not an exact quote)

    Rossi said yesterday after the test “Jorge did a great race simulation, at a very high level and he rides so well. If I had tried to do a race simulation today I could not go as fast as him.”

    Telling it like it is. I don't see mind games (although there is always that going on to a degree) or whinging. He just says fair and square "I could not go as fast as him".

    Anyway, rant over. I just think it's weird how people are berated for calling Stoner but then the same people caling others "Rossi fan boy chavs"can do the same about Rossi.

    He's the greatest of all time due to his results and racing . So let's appreciate the racing.
    Is he past his best? Maybe, I don't know. Will he win another championship ever? Maybe, I don't know.
    What I do know is I'll enjoy watching to see what happens, but I'll also be enjoying watching the other 20-odd lads on the grid, who I have equal respect for.

    Peace! hippy




  • y2blade 08 Feb 2013

    996 sps said:
    Yep he is generally into anything racing which involves petrol, engines and going fast.

    Amazing really that people go on about Rossi vs Stoner when Rossi has been racing Biaggi, Gib, Cap, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner and is still up there. Remarkable.
    Good post yes

  • bikerPaul 08 Feb 2013

    s3fella said:
    Well I'm putting 20 quid on Marquez or win the championship.
    Although I'm also thinking of sticking a tender on him to win the hand bike race at the 2016 Paralympics.
    Have a rofl for the best post on PHeads for a long time. thumbup

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