I watched the race on SpeedTV. I liked the race Capirossi ran and I think the Ducati will improve even more, which will make things interesting. Rossi made a mistake, getting off course while trying to stay wide of Capirossi in a curve. HOwever, he corrected that by not falling, maintaing control of the bike beautifully, getting back on track (after being deep in the gravel pit) even though at that point he was running 9th or so. THEN, the show began!!! One of the greatest, if not the greatest show of riding ability I have ever seen. Rossi was a maniac and was gaining more than ONE SECOND (even 1.5) per lap on Capirossi and the other leaders. He was running lap record times well after the time the commentators had said that tires were going to be shredded early because of the heat, and that it was impossible to run record times in that heat. He passed Checa and Nakano like they were on trikes. He passed GIbernau for second and at that point he was 3 seconds behind Capirossi (after being something like 18 seconds behind) with two laps to go, and even Rossi could not make that up, especially after Capirossi realized what was going on and pushed harder for the last two laps. BY then the bike was fishtailing all over the place under braking and was skidding (actually could see smoke a couple of times) in curves. I don't like Valentino Rossi in some ways, but right now he is by far the best rider there is on this planet. Anyone who saw the race and disputes that needs to have his eyes and head examined.
Respect. That's the word for Ducati. They have done well and so has Loris. Troy seems to have slipped a bit now. As for Rossi, what's not to like about the guy - he's a legend in his time, he's humble, has a sense of humour, admits his mistakes and can ride like hell. You don't hear him griping about his bike. The rest of the year will be very interesting if Loris can keep up that sort of show. What about poor old Biaggi? When he got blown away he couldn't handle it. Colin Edwards? Give that man a Honda or a Ducati, he deserves better.
Honda 5-banger not so invincible??? I'm a Duc fan, but after seeing this guy come back from 6th place with 9 laps to go and almost win it... I'm just glad the race ended when it did. Rossi looked like he was on the only GP bike out there....
Rossi made it evident that the best rider (and bike?) out there did not win the race.
Makes you wonder about his ability; does he ride down to the level of his competition? If he put those laps on at the beginning of the race, there would have been no pass, no off-track incident, only Rossi leading a parade.
One race where Rossi makes a mistake and Ducati wins. Rossi almost came back and won it. Notice the Ducati has 4 cylinders by the way TwinHeads. Rossi is the greatest rider of all time! Never before has the competition been this great (measured by the number of champion riders in the field and the number of bike makers). However, having said that Ducati and Capirossi deserve a lot of credit. Hope Ducati puts lights on the MotoGP bike and sells it, Because it looks a hell alot better than the 999
Looks like the best race of the year so far and I missed it because I had to work. Why can't I be rich instead of so good looking?. I'm hoping Speed shows it again at a time when I'm home. Congrats to Ducati an Capirossi, great stuff.
Rossi's ride WAS incredible. However, he would not have had to make that amazing come back if pressure from Loris had not caused him to make mistakes. What we saw yesterday was a great race, made even better by emerging competition to Honda by another manufacturer. Things can only get better. The best part is that next year, we will get to see these guys here in the good ol' USA.
I'm with you. I've emailed Speed in an effort to get them to change their completely assenine programming policy of showing races that haven't been broadcast at the prime time Tuesday night slots. At least that's the explanaition I got last time when I wondered why week-old Formula Extreme and AMA supersport races were on at 7 and 8 while that weekends MotoGP race was relegated to 2:00 in the afternoon.
If everyone emails speed TV maybe we can get them to figure out that we don't give two sh!ts about week old support races that were never broadcast, and we certainly don't want to see them on Tues. nights, when many of us have friends over to watch the races, or go to our local bike hangouts and watch the races there. We want to see the premier classes in the premier time-slots. Do we all agree?
Eddie Lawson on the Cagiva V592, early1990s, when he chose intermediate tires and everyone else was on rains. Can't remember where or when, but memory seems to think that V592 stood for 500cc, 1992, and the track was in Hungary.
rossi was gaining so quickly on capirrosi because loris was on cruise control. when he learned valentino was gaining he wicked it up again. it is true, however, that rossi was passing the world's best easily on his way to second place.
at any rate, contrats to ducati. next year will be an interesting season.
I'd Tivo it if I wanted to sit home alone and watch it. What I want is to go to The Garage here in MIlwaukee on Tuesday nights, meet up with a substantial portion of the vintage/european bike crowd, and watch the good races there. I don't think I can convince the bar to get Tivo, so getting SpeedTV to change their programming philosophy is my preferred course of action.
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