MotoGP, Valentino Rossi disappointed: “Morbidelli and I weren’t able to take courage”

MotoGP, Valentino Rossi disappointed: “Morbidelli and I weren’t able to take courage”
MotoGP, Valentino Rossi disappointed: “Morbidelli and I weren’t able to take courage”
The fourth place in qualifying, last Saturday on the fast Losail circuit, three tenths from Bagnaia, had gassed him. The 12th place in the race, just over 12 seconds behind the winner, Maverick Vinales, however, brought back the expectations of Valentino Rossi, definitely dissatisfied of his season opener in the Qatar GP.

To slow it down, we know, it was fast deterioration of its rear Michelin. A problem that Vale has been carrying on for some time now. But what can be done, given that Maverick does not seem to have suffered from it, while Fabio Quartararo, while complaining about it, finished in fifth position?

“Last week in the race I was not as fast as I would have liked. We need to improve the life of the rear tire, and now we have a lot of data available – explained Rossi, who added – We will try to be faster, but the data show that Vinales uses a different set-up and also a different management of the electronics, but it is not immediate to ‘copy’ them because we have different driving styles. We will obviously try to do something different ”.

One wonders if the Yamaha M1 2021 is actually better than the previous one.
The frame is new, and turns a little better – explains Valentino – but its real potential should be expressed on tighter tracks than Losail’s, which has many fast corners. In the tests we also tried new aerodynamics, more protective and better for me because I am taller. We worked on aerodynamics and on the straight we gained a few kilometers. We will use it for the whole season. It is a little better by eye ”.

Rossi: “The tire degradation started immediately, Fabio also suffered, but he was faster”

In short, it seems that the nine-time world champion will have a lot of work to do in this second weekend on the same track.
“After the Grand Prix I spoke with Fabio Quartararo, because he also had a similar problem to mine. The difference is that he finished fifth, so he was faster. The data is important to understand why to me the degradation started immediately, after 7/8 laps and I had to slow down. We have to improve the life of the tire because we can be faster ”.

How much faster? Also because Franco Morbidelli himself had a bad race… common ill half joy?
“It’s true, there are many strong riders on the track, but last Sunday’s is not our potential: we need to be faster. We talked to each other, Franco and I, but we didn’t make it up to courage, we are both disappointed, and each has had their problems. We expect to improve ”.

Rossi: “We will not go back to the respect that was in the 90s. That’s the way the world is now.”

In Valentino Rossi’s difficult Grand Prix there was also a collision avoided with Binder. It is difficult to fight in the Bronx of the race …
“In reality, beating in the top five or behind there doesn’t change. It doesn’t depend on the position, it depends on the pilots you have at your side. I avoided a collision with Binder. But there are drivers who are clean and who drive with great respect and others like him who drive as he comes and don’t give a damn about his rival. If you try to close a line, he lets go of the brakes and if you don’t dodge he’ll hit you. But that’s the way it is now. In this case, using the word ‘respect’ is too big. Sometimes we touch ourselves, but we try not to. But some riders only think about their race ”.

Rossi: “If we were more direct and sanguine on social media, endless controversies would arise”

It must be said that respect between pilots has always been linked to personality in the past. Until the 90s there were the tough guys, those with whom it was better to respect unwritten rules of however fiery battles. In the race and in practice, if it is true that Eddie Lawson entered Schwantz’s garage during practice with all the bike to show his rival the hollow for a maneuver, perhaps a little too close to the limit.

Yes, when I was younger, the approach was different – is Valentino’s answer – the young people then had more respect than the old but the world is like this today. When I arrived in 125 my idols were Sakata, Raudies, Nobby Ueda, they were my heroes. Time passes, however, and I am satisfied with what I have done, with the many podiums. Behaving differently, as it used to be, is no longer possible. There are now a lot more cameras, more pressure from outside, and if you did something real, sincere and sanguine, those controversies on social media would starthe would wear you out every week. Today we must be politically correct. The world is like this. The old days will never come back ”.

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