It feels like you are in a boat at sea | Valentino Rossi Blog

Sunday, October 11, 2015

It feels like you are in a boat at sea

Valentino Rossi extends his lead in the MotoGP™ World Championship by a potentially title deciding four points at the Japanese GP.
After five laps of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan many thought that Jorge Lorenzo had the race won, as in Aragon he had created a huge lead with no one able to catch him. But then the track began to dry and Lorenzo’s tyre began to drop off, lap by lap Valentino Rossi hunted down his Movistar Yamaha teammate with the help of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). Rossi's start to the race had been less explosive, a blessing in disguise as it saved his tyres. On the 18th lap Rossi went past and into second, beginning to slowly stretch his advantage until the flag came out. Four more points for Rossi, the gap now at 18 points.
Four points might not seem a lot, especially with 75 still on offer, but it does put Rossi in a position in which he can finish second at every race and still take his tenth World Championship. The Doctor’s 2015 season has been supremely consistent, only once off the podium and if this consistency can remain Rossi may very well once again list the MotoGP™ World Championship title.
Valentino Rossi: “Physically it wasn‘t so bad, but mentally it was very hard to always keep the concentration, because it‘s very easy to make a mistake. At the beginning we had a good pace, but Jorge was stronger than me and was able to create a small advantage. After that my pace was good, I stayed with him and tried not to lose more time and used it as a motivation to keep my concentration, but when the track started to dry everything became more difficult. The tyre gave up and started spinning a lot on the straight and Dani arrived. It was a difficult situation, because if Dani beat me and not Jorge I would have lost another nine points after Aragón.”

“I was able to do three or four very strong laps behind Dani and catch Jorge, who then made a mistake. I took an additional four-point advantage, which was our target, so we are very happy. The track was a lot better when it was fully wet, because the tyres worked well. When it starts to dry up it feels like you are in a boat at sea, the bike moves everywhere. Three or four times when I touched the throttle I felt the front go and said “no, no, no!”, so it was difficult, lots of stress.”

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