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Rossi, Lorenzo and the truth we won’t admit

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rossi-lorenzo-yamahaIn the aftermath of one of modern Motorcycle Racing’s darkest pages, it is hard to put together the pieces of a puzzle shattered several weeks ago. For every and each one of these pieces there is a school of thought, an opinion, a political party. Some stick to the Rossi cause, no matter what. Others are angry at Maquez, still no matter what. Some, lastly, seem to think that Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna and the whole Spanish crew threw up a horrible conspiracy, jeopardizing the Championship and the whole sport. 

Let us make a little introduction here, never mind where I come from. I am with Valentino. I rooted for Rossi since the last turn in Valencia, because what Rossi built during this years -and during the previous years- is a fantastic adventure. A legend already. Rossi has had the uncommon ability to cross through several eras and several generations of motorcycle racing and riders, always being at the very top (let alone those silly Ducati years). There is little doubt that Valentino Rossi is the essence of MotoGP. Finally, maybe, the Doctor grew bigger than the series itself. Thousands of yellow fellows, sporting yellow caps and t-shirts with huge 46’s on each circuit any given Sunday are proof of what Valentino has achieved. Rossi, already a top notch personality in Italy’s culture of the last 20 years, is also part of that shiny sports elite capable of winning championships and hearts at the same time. As the all-time Champions, Valentino is much more than an excellent athlete: he’s an icon. He’s there with the likes of Ayrton Senna, Magic Johnson and Cassius Clay. Yes, that big. 

However, with all of this said and with credit where credit is due, there is an unspoken truth we are not willing to see nor hear. It is there, in front of our very eyes, but it something unspoken of. The truth is that Jorge Lorenzo has been faster than Valentino Rossi, in this 2015 World Championship. The majorcan has scored more GP wins, more pole positions, more fastest laps, more laps ahead and better free practice lap times throughout the whole season. Of course, Lorenzo made some mistakes, while Rossi has displayed an unbelievable consistency, but this is exactly why these seasons are so long: to water down the impact of a single faux pas. 

Truth be told, even during the pitch-black Valencia GP last Sunday, Rossi just did not have the pace or the speed to be there with Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Marquez. He had the rhythm and quickness to score the fourth position he ultimately achieved. He was way faster than the guys in the back, but also slower than the Spanish armada up there. While Pedrosa, Marquez and Lorenzo were lapping constantly between 1’31″5 and 1’31″9, Valentino had troubles in hitting 1’32” marks. These are the facts, the cold figures. No wild guesses here. No personal opinions. This is just how the story went, in a Championship in which Lorenzo has won 7 races (while Rossi won 4), and in which the Spaniard could start from the first slot of the grid 4 times, against the single exploit of the Italian in Assen. This is not something we can leave unseen if we want to review things in an objective perspective.

By all means, Rossi had to deal with the despicable Marquez affair (the “biscotto”, as Rossi calls it), but Lorenzo has had his share of troubles too, especially at the very beginning of the year. From the linen of his helmet in Qatar, to bronchitis in Austin, from the tyre troubles in Argentina to the foggy visor in Silverstone, the Spaniard had plenty to face and nobody to cheer him up. “Excuses”, said the tifosi, forgetting that had the same things happened to Rossi, the whole Belpaese would probably have turned into a rioting pandemonium. 

Make no mistake: Marc Marquez played his part in the all-Yamaha brawl and there is little doubt he does not have his share of guilt. However, it is hard for me to believe that he is responsible for every crime he’s been accused of. I do not believe, for instance, that he fought against his own Repsol Honda Team only to make Lorenzo get the title, and I do not believe the whole Andorra agreement drama we’ve been speculating of for days. What I do indeed believe is that Marquez behaved as a pampered, spoiled kid in Malaysia -for reasons unknown- passing Rossi 9 times in a single lap just for the sake of it. Not the brightest crayon in the box in this particular case, the “cabroncito”, played Icarus and thought he could fly higher the sun itself. The result, as we know it very well, has been a complete, total and gigantic mess.

It is my belief that Lorenzo would have won the Championship even without this whole Marquez charade. More important than that, he would have won it fair and square, with more credit, more honor and more respect and consideration from the general audience and from the paddock. That same paddock that, had they to bet £5 on the next World Champion back in may, would have probably placed them in Jorge’s favor.

At the end of the day, the fastest -and not the most consistent- made it to the Title. But this is motorcycle racing, and we only have one winner. From his side of the garage, and to his credit, Rossi took each and every chance he had, making the most out of every slippery, rainy, chaotic, messy, odd Sunday. It was not enough.

The vast majority of the audience, and count me in as well of course as I was jumping on the sofa too last Sunday and shouting and biting a yellow “46” sweater at every Valentino pass, the vast majority of the audience, I was saying, does not like this epilogue. This epilogue in which the Villain wins and our Hero fails

Because another truth is that Jorge Lorenzo has always been the unpleasant one, the petulant, surly and cocky one. And in this Jorge-centered world of his, there’s always time and space for a bitter word, for a bad joke and for a cutting remark. He could have, for example, just kept silent in the Rossi-Marquez feud, the same way Pedrosa did. He could have played it smart and safe. But Jorge simply did not, because that’s the way he is. Never mind the shiny façade: that wall in the Yamaha garage, yes, it’s still there, in Jorge’s mind. Again though, this is racing, not a popularity contest. And, mind you, Jorge is as unbelievably fast as totally unpopular.

Finally then, even if we did not like the bitter ending to this 2015 MotoGP Championship, there is something I want to make crystal clear. Since the Valencia GP there are people thinking this was all Dorna’s fault, that the Spanish organization had set this up, toying with the riders in Lorenzo’s favor. Well, this is just completely wrong. Ezpeleta, who is no fool, and Dorna know very well that Lorenzo is not MotoGP’s big ticket. Also, they know very well that Rossi alone represents more than half of the series’ income. After Valentino, their go-to-guy was Marquez, the nice boy with the big, white smile. And then this blew up. All of this. In three races, bermuda-triangulated.

The truth is that these last three races have been a nightmare for the MotoGP Championship, a hot potato nobody knew how to hold. 

It’s 2016 already. And it horribly got off the wrong foot.

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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
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  • James Patterson
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    Well let's just say this, all of JL struggles misfortune and sickness were not the fault of any rider. Know the fact that 93 screwed points from 46 in Australia and held him up in Malaysia when JL did not in fact have a good race pace there could very well have been more points secured from JL and therefor Rossi would not have had to finish say top Ten…. Points the same the Spanish fly affected the championship and was never penalized. Screw him and screw motoGp for allowing this BS… Tainted championship Total BS

  • James Patterson
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    Well let's just say this, all of JL struggles misfortune and sickness were not the fault of any rider. Know the fact that 93 screwed points from 46 in Australia and held him up in Malaysia when JL did not in fact have a good race pace there could very well have been more points secured from JL and therefor Rossi would not have had to finish say top Ten…. Points the same the Spanish fly affected the championship and was never penalized. Screw him and screw motoGp for allowing this BS… Tainted championship Total BS

  • James Patterson
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    Well let's just say this, all of JL struggles misfortune and sickness were not the fault of any rider. Know the fact that 93 screwed points from 46 in Australia and held him up in Malaysia when JL did not in fact have a good race pace there could very well have been more points secured from JL and therefor Rossi would not have had to finish say top Ten…. Points the same the Spanish fly affected the championship and was never penalized. Screw him and screw motoGp for allowing this BS… Tainted championship Total BS

  • Billy Martin
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    Some good points, although lacking some relevant insights.
    1) qualifying is not racing
    2) winning championships is not based on the number of race wins or pole positions earned
    3) the writer failed to include a tally of the number of passes made by the relevant protagonists.
    Rossi is a chaser. That's one of the primary reasons he is a crowd favorite and brings so much revenue to MOTOGP!

  • Adam Pearson
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    penalized for racing rossi has done the same in past years and even said himself. nobody got out of lorenzos way at the begining of the season why should they when its the end with rossi.

  • Adam Pearson
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    penalized for racing rossi has done the same in past years and even said himself. nobody got out of lorenzos way at the begining of the season why should they when its the end with rossi.

  • Bill Erzal
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    I'm not so sure Rossi was not capable of running up front if he had started in the first two rows. He did what he could to get to 4th and knew with an 11 second gap there was no way. He knew that ahead of time, hewas saying it earlier in the weekend. It would have been a thrilling end in Valencia to see him battle Lorenzo wheel to wheel, I've seen him so many times find another gear when he's fighting for the lead and especially for an outright championship. So yea he didn't appear to have the pace on Sunday but if he had been in the lead pack it would have been a whole different dynamic. Nobody will ever know and for that we all lost out a little.

  • Bill Erzal
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    I'm not so sure Rossi was not capable of running up front if he had started in the first two rows. He did what he could to get to 4th and knew with an 11 second gap there was no way. He knew that ahead of time, hewas saying it earlier in the weekend. It would have been a thrilling end in Valencia to see him battle Lorenzo wheel to wheel, I've seen him so many times find another gear when he's fighting for the lead and especially for an outright championship. So yea he didn't appear to have the pace on Sunday but if he had been in the lead pack it would have been a whole different dynamic. Nobody will ever know and for that we all lost out a little.

  • David Branyon
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    But he so easily could have just sat behind Marquez at Sepang and "pulled a Rossi" on the last lap for the pass. Then we would have had the showdown everyone wanted. Instead, he let his emotions get the best of him. Marquez was racing him VERY HARD at Sepang, but we're talking the reigning Champion in a fight for a race podium. Marquez had no championship aspirations for this year at that point and only had race podiums/wins to fight for. That's a valid fight. My opinion: Rossi was wrong to think Marquez should bow out and let him by. He should have either passed him and left Marquez, or failing to do that, follow and take a shot when the opportunity arose.

    Whether he could have fought with the leaders at Valencia if he had not had to fight his way through the pack, we'll never know. And that's Rossi's fault, imho.

  • David Branyon
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    But he so easily could have just sat behind Marquez at Sepang and "pulled a Rossi" on the last lap for the pass. Then we would have had the showdown everyone wanted. Instead, he let his emotions get the best of him. Marquez was racing him VERY HARD at Sepang, but we're talking the reigning Champion in a fight for a race podium. Marquez had no championship aspirations for this year at that point and only had race podiums/wins to fight for. That's a valid fight. My opinion: Rossi was wrong to think Marquez should bow out and let him by. He should have either passed him and left Marquez, or failing to do that, follow and take a shot when the opportunity arose.

    Whether he could have fought with the leaders at Valencia if he had not had to fight his way through the pack, we'll never know. And that's Rossi's fault, imho.

  • David Branyon
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    But he so easily could have just sat behind Marquez at Sepang and "pulled a Rossi" on the last lap for the pass. Then we would have had the showdown everyone wanted. Instead, he let his emotions get the best of him. Marquez was racing him VERY HARD at Sepang, but we're talking the reigning Champion in a fight for a race podium. Marquez had no championship aspirations for this year at that point and only had race podiums/wins to fight for. That's a valid fight. My opinion: Rossi was wrong to think Marquez should bow out and let him by. He should have either passed him and left Marquez, or failing to do that, follow and take a shot when the opportunity arose.

    Whether he could have fought with the leaders at Valencia if he had not had to fight his way through the pack, we'll never know. And that's Rossi's fault, imho.

  • David Branyon
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    If Marquez held him up in Sepang, why didn't Rossi kick up the pace after Marquez was out? Even with all the crazy block passing going on, when Rossi got clear track to himself afterwards, he never topped that pace.

  • David Branyon
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    If Marquez held him up in Sepang, why didn't Rossi kick up the pace after Marquez was out? Even with all the crazy block passing going on, when Rossi got clear track to himself afterwards, he never topped that pace.

  • David Branyon
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    If Marquez held him up in Sepang, why didn't Rossi kick up the pace after Marquez was out? Even with all the crazy block passing going on, when Rossi got clear track to himself afterwards, he never topped that pace.

  • Ed Noel Vann Ghent
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    I was a fan of Rossi right up until he fingered Marquez for slowing the Aussie pace, but cleared Iannone. If Rossi had been truthful I wouldn't have been upset, but the truth wasn't spoken of. Iannone, not Marquez slowed the pace. Every time Iannkne got past Rossi he slowed the lap times by almost half a second. Marquez kept the same pace as Lorenzo for over 70% of the race. Now if Rossi had also fingered Iannone that would have made sense. But why didn't he? Italian, maybe! But no, he didn't blame Iannone because he wouldn't be a constant podium finisher.

  • Ed Noel Vann Ghent
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    I was a fan of Rossi right up until he fingered Marquez for slowing the Aussie pace, but cleared Iannone. If Rossi had been truthful I wouldn't have been upset, but the truth wasn't spoken of. Iannone, not Marquez slowed the pace. Every time Iannkne got past Rossi he slowed the lap times by almost half a second. Marquez kept the same pace as Lorenzo for over 70% of the race. Now if Rossi had also fingered Iannone that would have made sense. But why didn't he? Italian, maybe! But no, he didn't blame Iannone because he wouldn't be a constant podium finisher.

  • Ed Noel Vann Ghent
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    I was a fan of Rossi right up until he fingered Marquez for slowing the Aussie pace, but cleared Iannone. If Rossi had been truthful I wouldn't have been upset, but the truth wasn't spoken of. Iannone, not Marquez slowed the pace. Every time Iannkne got past Rossi he slowed the lap times by almost half a second. Marquez kept the same pace as Lorenzo for over 70% of the race. Now if Rossi had also fingered Iannone that would have made sense. But why didn't he? Italian, maybe! But no, he didn't blame Iannone because he wouldn't be a constant podium finisher.

  • James Patterson
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    No one said get out of his way and from the TV it's very difficult to see a tenth here and a tenth there. But these guys do know and by the laps in the Aussie race 93 was quickest all weekend. And David if you watched the race in sepang he motioned to go catch the 99/26 bike up front and the 93 had zero intentions of doing that.. In the end 93 had speed to go off and leave everyone but Danny and decided not too… Both races… Penalized for being a rolling Bus stop Adam. He's a sore loser he's been dominate for the past two years and and the newer Honda didn't suite him… Karma will come get the Spanish fly.

  • James Patterson
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    No one said get out of his way and from the TV it's very difficult to see a tenth here and a tenth there. But these guys do know and by the laps in the Aussie race 93 was quickest all weekend. And David if you watched the race in sepang he motioned to go catch the 99/26 bike up front and the 93 had zero intentions of doing that.. In the end 93 had speed to go off and leave everyone but Danny and decided not too… Both races… Penalized for being a rolling Bus stop Adam. He's a sore loser he's been dominate for the past two years and and the newer Honda didn't suite him… Karma will come get the Spanish fly.

  • James Patterson
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    No one said get out of his way and from the TV it's very difficult to see a tenth here and a tenth there. But these guys do know and by the laps in the Aussie race 93 was quickest all weekend. And David if you watched the race in sepang he motioned to go catch the 99/26 bike up front and the 93 had zero intentions of doing that.. In the end 93 had speed to go off and leave everyone but Danny and decided not too… Both races… Penalized for being a rolling Bus stop Adam. He's a sore loser he's been dominate for the past two years and and the newer Honda didn't suite him… Karma will come get the Spanish fly.

  • Steven Diver
    Reply

    Except Lorenzo only won once vs Rossi when not on his special edge enhanced tires. This year will forever be marked with an asterisk.

  • Steven Diver
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    Except Lorenzo only won once vs Rossi when not on his special edge enhanced tires. This year will forever be marked with an asterisk.

  • Steven Diver
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    Except Lorenzo only won once vs Rossi when not on his special edge enhanced tires. This year will forever be marked with an asterisk.

  • Emanuele Venturoli
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    Hello Billy, thanks for your reply.
    1) Very true
    2) Also true, but still a relevant factor
    3) Absolutely true and i will defintely make amends.
    Very good point to make.Thanks

  • Emanuele Venturoli
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    Hello Billy, thanks for your reply.
    1) Very true
    2) Also true, but still a relevant factor
    3) Absolutely true and i will defintely make amends.
    Very good point to make.Thanks

  • Emanuele Venturoli
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    Hello Billy, thanks for your reply.
    1) Very true
    2) Also true, but still a relevant factor
    3) Absolutely true and i will defintely make amends.
    Very good point to make.Thanks

  • Emanuele Venturoli
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    Agree with that Steven

  • Emanuele Venturoli
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    Agree with that Steven

  • Emanuele Venturoli
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    Agree with that Steven

  • Federico Brubacher
    Reply

    In reality Philip Island "win" was with not the special edge tires

  • River Smith
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    David Branyon because at that point it was too late. More than 6 seconds of advantage and a pace too similar to actually hope to close the gap without risks. If anything it's telling that he had that pace while not pressing.

  • River Smith
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    David Branyon because at that point it was too late. More than 6 seconds of advantage and a pace too similar to actually hope to close the gap without risks. If anything it's telling that he had that pace while not pressing.

  • River Smith
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    David Branyon because at that point it was too late. More than 6 seconds of advantage and a pace too similar to actually hope to close the gap without risks. If anything it's telling that he had that pace while not pressing.

  • Tim Marcelo Louis
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    Hello Emanuele Venturoli,

    I really appreciate the time you took to try and analyze with what exactly happened last weekend at Valencia and who should be the World Champion and why…. As a sports writer not everyone is going to agree with you no matter what…That being said, I have to say that I respectfully disagree with your assessment of events and data that was expressed in this article to why the Championship ended as it did and also touching on the
    What If Factor. My analysis is based on facts and not opinion or emotion, so with that said this is why I disagree with your article/analysis.

    As you point out/imply that speed = Championships…It's actually opposite it's CONSISTENCY that wins any Championship in the World of Sports…It does not matter how fast or how strong you are if you do not get a WIN you cannot win a Championship…Consistency brings the POINTS and the Points win Championships also points are what ALL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE BASED ON…. The biggest part I agree with is the lap times differential you show from the last Sunday's race. WHAT PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IN MOTOGP IS FOUGHT IN 10TENTHS OF A SECOND AND NOBODY CAN COME FROM THE BACK OF THE GRID 24 RIDERS AND BE ABLE TO MAKE UP THE MUCH REAL ESTATE TO WIN A MOTOGP RACE…However with that said, if anyone could it could have been Rossi.. If Lorenzo started from the back of the Grid do you think he could have passed all of those riders in the same amount of time or faster than Rossi did? Most likely not… One of Lorenzo's weaknesses is riding in traffic.

    Now on to MM93… On Sunday how many passes or pass attempts did he make on Lorenzo? The answer to that is ZERO (0) ZILCH… When in MM93's Motogp career have you ever seen a race when he did not attempt to pass the person in front of him? The answer to that is ZERO (0) ZILCH. MM93 IS BAR NONE THE MOST AGGRESSIVE RIDER ON THE GRID AND THAT'S ONE OF HIS SPECIAL TRAITS THAT HELPS HIM WIN RACES COMBINED WITH HE OTHER TALENTS… Just like the example you give for the Sepang race MM93 passed Rossi 9 times in one Lap. Are we supposed to believe that Lorenzo was so fast that MM93 could not have even show Lorenzo his front wheel? MM93 has the talent and skill to do want he wants when he wants to do it. Whether it's control the pace of the race or pass anyone in any corner on any of the MotoGp Circuits on the Season Calendar… The only passing action MM93 had in this race was on his own teammate Pedrosa. That was a hard block pass on him banged fairings and pushed him wide almost into the dirt if Pedrosa did not stand the bike up. MM93 says in the post-race conference that was the move the move that cost him time that he would have used to pass Lorenzo….I have to call BS on that…MM93 says he lost 1/2 a second .05 on that, but before the next corner MM93 was already on Lorenzo's back tyre. If MM93 can make up that much real estate are we supposed to believe that was really the reason he could not pass Lorenzo on the last lap for the win? Anyone that is a MM93 fan or not thinks that is totally a ridiculous statement from MM93.

    There is another component that you left out of your article… It was Lorenzo's post-race interviews and comments. Lorenzo said that MM93 and Pedrosa did not pass him because they knew he was going for the championship and did not want to make him crash. He then continued to say that the other reason they did not pass was that they would keep the Championship in Spain. Please tell me what Lorenzo meant by that? Here is a direct quote from Lorenzo which sounds to me like he is personally thanking MM93 and Pedrosa for helping him to win the Championship… Maybe I am reading it wrong you tell me…DQ from Lorenzo. “The hardest part of the race was to see Pedrosa get very close. I thought I would run the risk of ending up third and lost the Championship, but in the end, they surely realized that there was a lot at stake for me, maybe in another type of race they could risk more and pass me. Instead they were very good because the title would remain in Spain. I always try to be honest, the truth is that I did a race in which I gave my best always, however sincerely today the Honda, it was very difficult to always keep the concentration and stand in front of them. They are Spanish like me and knew what was at stake, so I benefited because maybe without that little help, maybe considering that Valentino did a great race comeback from last to fourth place, he could win the Championship. So this title is mine, it is ours, but also of Spain.” Do you think I made this up? Not at all I have several different sources saying the same thing.. The Sources and links are below

    "The fact that they Knew what I was going for and that they are Spanish has helped me and in another race they may have tried everything to overtake,". "Dani did well Because he could have tried a crazy overtake. We are Spanish and the title remains in Spain.

    "They know how to play. They were Spaniards like me. They did not try to overtake because it could jeopardize my world title fight. However, if these conditions are not as they certainly will try to overtake. But they do not do it this time. A definite must for the title of world champion Spain. Perhaps if the position of Rossi at the front with the Italian behind him, I'm sure the Italian else will do the same. To be sure they will retain title to compatriot”

    "At one point I was afraid to get third and missed the World Cup, but Marquez and Pedrosa were respectful, because the title would remain in Spain …

    http://www.liberoquotidiano.it/…/MotoGp–Jorge-Lorenzo…
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    http://aripitstop.com/…/dan-akhirnya-lorenzo-mengaku…/
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    Here is the video of that press release with those quotes.
    https://youtu.be/ee6fSIHxeEA
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    **Jorge Lorenzo will enjoy the title and admits: "Dani and Marc were very good at not bother me and to keep the World Cup in Spain. I have respected, because I was playing the championship. And 'my title, but also of Spain.**

    http://www.sportmediaset.mediaset.it/…/motogp-lorenzo…
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    To the author of this letter/article/opinion: Emanuele Venturoli
    Please tell me where I am factually wrong here and back it up with fact and not your opinion. Thanks Tim

  • Neil Fairburn
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    Rossi got a very bad shake by dorma.they saw what Marquez was doing to rossi and that alone should have been enough to not put rossi in the back of the pack.if he had been able to start near the front then he would have been champion hands down.and when u take into agreement that over half of the attendence at the races is because peop l e come to see rossi race.dorma should be re as l careful because if rossi should decide to say go to wsbk then so would half of the attendance go to . example, when rossi got hurt and didn't race attendence fell sharply.

  • Neil Fairburn
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    Rossi got a very bad shake by dorma.they saw what Marquez was doing to rossi and that alone should have been enough to not put rossi in the back of the pack.if he had been able to start near the front then he would have been champion hands down.and when u take into agreement that over half of the attendence at the races is because peop l e come to see rossi race.dorma should be re as l careful because if rossi should decide to say go to wsbk then so would half of the attendance go to . example, when rossi got hurt and didn't race attendence fell sharply.

  • Chhana Chhakchhuak
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    The reason he was struggling in 1:32's is he used his tyre a lot for making his way upto fourth. You of all people must know that. Anyway, i agree with you that if he kept his mouth shut, he may not have enemy as many as he has now :v

  • Chhana Chhakchhuak
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    The reason he was struggling in 1:32's is he used his tyre a lot for making his way upto fourth. You of all people must know that. Anyway, i agree with you that if he kept his mouth shut, he may not have enemy as many as he has now :v

  • Chhana Chhakchhuak
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    The reason he was struggling in 1:32's is he used his tyre a lot for making his way upto fourth. You of all people must know that. Anyway, i agree with you that if he kept his mouth shut, he may not have enemy as many as he has now :v

  • Jona Panda Pachuau
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    The reason MM chase so VR so hard is the false accuse made by VR in the Sepang pre race press conference..turns out that was the biggest mistake made by VR as he wasbthe one who suffered..anyway good analysis of facts

  • Robert Čupić
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    I totaly agree, for I was representing this opinion few months ago. It's a fact that VR is older, has more weight and height then others, thus resulting with a hardere competence for him. Does he still have the same will, desire and ambition like younger guys ? Well, I sincerely doubt that. Maybe he should have announced few months ago that he will leave racing at this level ? I wouldn't like that at all, but more than that, now it's harder to accept that he won't be able to fight them back and get a vendetta….

  • Bob Gillespie
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    If MM was dirty racing in sepang why did rossi lap times not improve with clear track I believe MM would have worked his way back to the front at sepang and rossi could see this about to happen. Another 3 points gone then rossi play his dirty card. To secure the points

  • Bob Gillespie
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    If MM was dirty racing in sepang why did rossi lap times not improve with clear track I believe MM would have worked his way back to the front at sepang and rossi could see this about to happen. Another 3 points gone then rossi play his dirty card. To secure the points

  • Bob Gillespie
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    If MM was dirty racing in sepang why did rossi lap times not improve with clear track I believe MM would have worked his way back to the front at sepang and rossi could see this about to happen. Another 3 points gone then rossi play his dirty card. To secure the points

  • Hayley Hardwick
    Reply

    Great write up.

  • Uly Est Bac
    Reply

    Rossi's big mouth got the better out of him. Kicking should and must stay at contact sports.

  • Kyle Blayne Smith
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    This really isn't a "truth" we're unable to acknowledge, let alone bear. Clinical data and anyone paying attention to this season shows Lorenzo the faster rider. Faster, but, arguably, not the superior racer. I'll argue Valentino possesses this quality more than any other current rider. Perhaps now more than ever. This last season supports this posit. Older, taller and heavier than his rivals (all significant factors managing a race bike around a circuit ), VR places and wins relentlessly. Especially his two compatriots embroiled in this unholy mess have shown themselves mentally weaker. The pressure and demands of this sport are otherworldly; Valentino Rossi has prevailed – all these years – largely due to his grit, resourcefulness and talent. This is difficult to clinically quantify.

  • Chris Lynch
    Reply

    So mm93 passed rossi 9 times in one lap but you fail to mention the obvious.. that vr46 must have passed mm93 8 times in that same lap

  • Casey Jung Lalit
    Reply

    You just spoke my mind….

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