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Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: South Lyon, MI USA
Anyone who states that Rossi did not have the speed to run with the top three, is either not thinking things through clearly, or is so biased as to suffer from a temporary logic block, or is making a very, very, tenuous assumption, and assuming it as fact!
1. Rossi had to fight his way through 20 of the top racers in the world to get to P4 by lap #13 of the 30 lap race.
2. Rossi was over 13 seconds adrift of Lorenzo at that point, and over 12.6s behind MM, who was right behind JL, in order to secure the championship.
3. That calculates at 0.74s/lap he would have had to be faster than JL/MM to catch them, and 0.79s/lap he would have to be faster than JL/MM to leave himself 1 lap to figure out a pass on MM to win the championship.
4. This with tires which have already been stressed to the max in passing 20 other racers as he did.
I'd suggest that Rossi knew all this, and deducted that there was no possible way he was going to be 0.8s faster than the front two, without either crashing or stressing his tires so much as to possible cause an even bigger disaster, and have Dovi repass him, who was right behind him.
I'd suggest that the BEST that Rossi could have hoped for (as we all assumed long before the race started) was that either Danni or MM would pass JL for the win, giving Rossi some chance at winning the championship.
We know how that went.....with Lorenzo admitting that they were a Spanish team to retain the title in Spain.
If I was Rossi, I'd probably be even less restrained than he was, in this entire situation.
Just remember, RD privately dressed down MM after Sepang, for his unsportsmanlike racing with Rossi while not being in contention of the championship himself. That is now a known fact. RD considered MM's behavior sufficient to "dress him down" about it, in a private session with MM.
I think we can all surely agree that if MM had not "raced" Rossi as enthusiastically (euphemism) as he had, at Sepang, none of this would have happened. Rossi would not have run MM wide, MM would not have crashed into Rossi, Rossi would have started near the front in Valencia with 3 extra points, and the championship would have DEFINITELY been in contention for Rossi.
I agree, there is a lot of bias on both sides here. The way we see things is interesting, and we can't believe how someone else sees things so differently, from a single set of facts. Amazing stuff. :-)
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