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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.