Rossi and Marquez go at it again
Valentino Rossi has made a strong start to the season after a stellar performance in Argentina. He made a similarly impressive start in 2015 and last weekend showed his appetite to win is still very much there.
Rossi was the only person able to stay with Marc Marquez for the first part of the two-part flag to flag race. And even a disappointing second half of the race didn’t diminish the positives he took from being able to run at such a pace.
Rossi was ultimately left bitterly disappointed, though as he inherited second place after the two Ducatis crashed in front of him.
“It’s a shame because in the first part I was a lot more competitive. I think that I could have had a very good fight for the win. With the second bike I did not feel good and could not set the same pace. I had big problems with the rear tyre; I didn‘t have any feeling and couldn‘t stop under braking.”
If the race had been run over the originally scheduled 22 laps and without a pitstop he would have had a very good chance to taste glory.
With Yamaha’s ability to stay strong on worn tyres, it’s not hard to imagine a repeat of Rossi’s stunning charge to the front at the end of last year’s race in Argentina.
Whether he can make amends next time out remains to be seen, but with Honda’s on-going issues potentially set to punish title leader Marquez at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, Rossi is closing in and is firmly in the mix.
Marquez slipped up on Sunday too – although not in the race! As he jumped onto the podium, he took an embarrassing tumble! “Maybe I need to complain to race control, because there was nothing showing – not even the oil flag out! But if you’re going to crash somewhere, the top of the podium is a good place!”