S MARQUEZ ROSSI SLIPS UP
Motogp moves to his favourite tracks ‘With Dovi, Rossi and Pedrosa crashing, now we have one target: Marc’
Valentino Rossi became the latest rider to be caught out by Michelin’s unforgiving front tyre when he crashed out of Sunday’s race.
Riders have had to adapt to the new Michelin rubber which offers much less of a safety net than last year’s Bridgestones. And some riders have adapted better than others!
Rossi admitted: “This year, if you make even a small mistake, you pay. I entered the corner with the same speed, I hit the two bumps, and I pay. You have to be precise; you have to concentrate; you can’t make any mistakes. If you make a mistake, you crash – but with the Bridgestones you could get away with it.”
And making a mistake was exactly what Rossi did in Sunday’s race, losing valuable points to Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez after a clutch issue led to a lack of focus and a mistake that caused the crash.
“In the first two laps, I burnt the clutch, and I have to open the throttle at a maximum of 50% to not spin it. But I was there, and I think to myself that I have to stay quiet, because normally after the start the clutch cools down and the feeling comes back. I was starting to get the feeling back, but maybe I lost concentration and made a mistake.”
However, the Doctor can take one positive from the weekend, as he again showed that he has addressed one of his greatest weaknesses of recent seasons; his qualifying performances.
Taking his second consecutive front row start – something he managed only five times in 2015 – he praised the new Michelin tyres as the secret behind his improved qualifying.
“If I want to try and fight with the others, I needed to be more consistent in qualifying, and we worked hard to improve the bike, especially the tyres. I feel better with the Michelins when I have to do one lap – more comfortable and like I can give a little bit more.”
‘ This year with the Michelins, if you make even a small mistake, you pay’