nu e acelasi lucru. aici era o batalie in ritm ~ egal intre cei doi, pe cand MM avea tot timpul din lume sa-l depaseasca oricand dupa curba aia tinand cont de ritmul pe care-l avea.
» Post actualizat in 18 Apr 2018 14:25
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Valentino Rossi says he is confident and looking forward to getting back on track at the Americas MotoGP in Austin this weekend.
Last time out, the Italian was left seething after being bumped wide by a clumsy pass from arch rival Marc Marquez and falling on the grass in the closing stages of the damp Argentina race.
Given their past history, the significance of the incident was obvious.
With Marquez already penalised for contact with Aleix Espargaro at the same corner, the Honda rider received a 30-second penalty - his third penalty of the race - meaning he joined Rossi in finishing outside the points.
After refusing to meet Marquez when he attempted to apologise (Marquez later said he had hit a wet patch and done 'nothing crazy' during the incident) Rossi proclaimed that the Honda rider had 'destroyed our sport' by making contact deliberately and 'hoping you crash'.
Perhaps the most surprising comment was Rossi's admission that he is 'scared' to be on track with Marquez (also calling on Race Direction to do something to stop the Spaniard 'behaving like this').
Yet after last October's thrilling Phillip Island race, where the pair had also made contact during a race of relentless aggression between the leading riders, Rossi had shown no signs of fear:
"In the last few years, the level of aggression during races has raised a lot, especially with the young riders coming from Moto2. It’s a bit more dangerous but that’s the game and if you don’t want it, you should stay at home.”
“All the riders in front were so aggressive, so you need to be even more stupid than them!"
The difference, of course, is that no riders fell during the Phillip Island battle and were all closely matched for speed, while Marquez held a clear advantage in Argentina and didn't need to take risks in order to pass.