Rossi was playing with Biaggi just like he's played with every pretender to the throne this season. the YZR-M1 has still got a long way to go. After about 6 new engines and 3 new chassis, i would expect more.
I thought Kato would wad it for sure, but he's one mature racer! He hung behind Rossi like a leech, just relaxing, never closing right up. "Still learning" he says, while setting the race lap record. The RC211V has got to be the most rider-friendly racer ever.
I agree. While I would have liked to see Rossi in the race to the end, I think Biaggi would have taken this one anyway. Rossi's comments all seem to suport that view as well. I am a huge Rossi fan, but you cannot take anything away from Max this weekend. He was the best rider for that day, on that track, and, as you state, Yamaha are at least closing the gap. If anything, I would say that Rossi has been lucky this season. While I believe that this season, he has been the best rider, on the best bike and with the best team, there are several others who have been a lot closer than the win/loss record would suggest.
I predict that Rossi will lose at least a couple more races this season, and that Biaggi will see the top of the podium again.
What about Kato?! Holy *****, for the first time on the 4-stroke. Damn! I predict big things from him for the rest of the season and beyond.