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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

As much as I wanted Rossi to win, I think he's wrong on this one. He didn't have the line and shouldn't have forced his way through like that.

Best thing about watching MotoGP (other than the race itself)-- no Brian Drebber.
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

In the US, we get tape-delayed same-day coverage on SPEED Channel. I believe it is live on Eurosport and just about every other news/sports channel in the UK and Europe.
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

Too bad we don't get a real broadcast just a Speed Channel chop job as according to Crash.net Rossi

was jeered on the podium- natch from the Spanish crowd. Wonder they didn't lynch him.
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

The way I saw it was this.

Rossi takes the corner thru the inside,

Gibernau comes from the outside and bangs into Rossi (I saw the TiVo replay 5 times),

then Rossi simply stops turning and makes sure (as they are side by side) that Gibernau is pushed out.

Fair play
 

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Yeah!

That was a hell of a race...I knew Rossi was just playing his cards and waiting for everyone else to wear out before he made his move. But when he ran wide on the LAST LAP and was repassed by Sete, I couldn't believe it! He almost never makes mistakes! But when he fought for that corner and shoved Sete out of the way, I got so excited that I started shrieking and then accidentally bit my friend's leg.

I was also a little surprised to not hear any apologetic language from Rossi after the race...there would have been a fistfight if that had happened at a club race! But Sete seemed cool with it, and he kept his second place, so all is well.

That was indeed a hell of a race! But just the last lap, if you were watching on TV and just seeing the front runners.
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

Hurry up July 10th !!

Poor Sete. Takes the lead and sets the pace. Rides an outstanding race, but then decides to slow down a bit to check the World Champions pace? Hello, he is the World Champion. He is right on your rear wheel. Then after retaking the lead leaves the welcome mat out on the last corner. Rossi's maneuver to the inside was not wild or aggressive. I've been watching Rossi ride for 9 years. It is obvious he is the best. Sete should know better than to keep on giving him chances. 1 down 16 to go!
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

I'm pretty sure Sete was riding as fast as he thaought he could. Rossi is amazing on shredded tires. He made a mistake that let Rossi get inside, just like Rossi did when Sete passed him.
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

What a race! Valentino showed just how iron willed and aggressive he can really be. Red mist indeed!!!!!! As badly as I wanted Nicky to do well I really enjoy watching VR work over the competition. If only ducati had enough $ to attract him Oh well.
 

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I'm afraid your perception of what happened is innaccurate. It is ALWAYS the responsibility of the overtaking racer to avoid contact.
 

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I think if you ride wide in the last corner and someone sneaks beside you on the inside, that is your mistake and Sete should have known better - that's why he is number 2
 

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Sete and Nicky: opportunities missed

Sete's biggest mistake may have been not forcing Rossi into passing him earlier in the race. How many times has Rossi stalked him and then run away on the last lap? Why not force Rossi to run at the front for 4-5 laps and then try your own late passing move? Easier said than done, of course, but those that fail to learn from history ...

I do take my hat off to Sete for playing tough all the way to the end; the man can flat out ride. But regardless of whether Rossi's pass was right or wrong, Sete's press conference response was pathetic! Rossi was all-champion with his confident "that's racing" attitude, while Sete looked like he was about to cry. He didn't have to get up in Rossi's grillwork, but what about something remotely assertive? Show a little fortitude, dammit, or else Rossi's already won the mental battle before a tire rolls in Estoril.

Nicky: crashing like it's 2004. If he'd stayed on two wheels, who knows how he could have capitalized on the big bang at the front? Between his DNF and Biaggi's diaper-filling performance, somebody at HRC is forcing a subordinate to rip their hair out.
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

You're wrong. Aside from what Sean just stated, Sete was already pointed towards the apex when Rossi tried to stuff it inside. That's why Sete banged into him. If you try to sqeeze yourself in that spot and you don't make it cleanly, you're in the wrong.

I like Rossi, but he's in the wrong here.
 

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I couldn't agree with you more, Sean. Gibernau had the line, was under control and his wheel was ahead of Rossi's when contact occurred. Rossi was too hot and used Sete for a berm.

Sete got screwed and Rossi got the win. Hopefully, racing justic will catch up with Valentino.
 

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Nicky - you gotta wise up!

He had 16 points (maybe even 20!) in the bag. He needs to ride smarter than this. He was still pushing for the win when he crashed. Did the same thing last year too.

He needs to race smart like Mladin.
 

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Re: *SPOILER* MotoGP - Round 1 - Jerez

Rossi is clearly the spiritual air to Senna in motorsport, apparently both the good and the bad, although perhaps without the introspective baggage that Ayrton seemed to carry with him.

Whether wrong or right, he remains the Doctor.

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