Rossi sets pace despite crashing in Catalunya tests World champion Valentino Rossi recorded the fastest time despite crashing on the opening day of MotoGP testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
The Italian, who was involved in Formula One testing with Ferrari earlier this week, clocked a time of one minute, 43.608 seconds on his Yamaha, but called it a day after his mid-afternoon crash brought out the red flags.
No one was able to eclipse Rossi's time for the remainder of the eight-hour session and he finished up leading a Yamaha 1-2-3 ahead of American Colin Edwards and Carlos Checa of Spain.
MotoGP testing continues on Saturday and Sunday.
"A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left."
Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi kicked off his MotoGP World Championship defence in fine style today, setting the fastest lap time in the first free practice sessions for the opening round of the 2006 season at Jerez. After light rain showers hit the track this morning, when Rossi decided not to ride and his team-mate Colin Edwards put in just two laps, both riders were able to work without interruption in the afternoon as they aimed to iron out set-up difficulties encountered in recent pre-season tests at this circuit.
Whilst Rossi was able to overcome the majority of his problems, immediately finding the right direction to work with the team's engineers and technicians, Edwards suffered a minor setback today but he is confident that he can recover lost ground in tomorrow morning's final free practice before the crucial afternoon qualifying session. The American clocked the seventh fastest time today as Loris Capirossi (Ducati) produced the strongest challenge to Rossi's dominance, lapping 0.012 seconds slower than his Italian compatriot.
Sell my Kawasaki ? I'd rather shove wasps up my ass. I've tried reading books on motorbikes, but the books always slide off the tank !!!
to Rossi...he's back on form again he's didn't get off to a good start this season..problems with setup i believe..but once again he's proved to be a man of great talent,1st again,
perhaps not having ''the doctor'' on his leathers brought him bad luck,,nice to see it back on again,,
Totally agree. Apparently Rossi is very supersticious and wears the same pants for his races (washed each time I hope ), he does the same kneeling by the bike ritual every race, and yet he had 'Rossi' on his leathers rather than the usual 'the Doctor' slogan, for the season's opener. For this race he returned to 'lucky' original slogan and yet again, on an inferior machine to the Honda, eclipsed all and sundry Genius
I may be alone here, but I can't help but feel that Nicky Hayden has, up until now been somewhat of an under-achiever, on what is essentially the superior bike on track. After all the talk of Hayden being the 'new' Eddie Lawson, he fails to REALLY impress me. I may be a biased Lawson fan, but I ian't seen nuttin' yet to trouble Lawson's 'most successful ever US GP rider' title.
At present, in my humble opinion, Hayden's only light at the end of the tunnel will come if/when Rossi hangs up his washed racing pants for good
MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi has revealed that he will make a decision on whether or not to quit the sport for F1 - and Ferrari, in the next few months.
Rossi, who has tested regularly for the team and who surprised many in a pre-season outing in Spain, when he mixed it with the usual F1 midfield, conceded though that it would be a big gamble, not only for Ferrari but him too. However following reports that Michael Schumacher will remain with the Scuderia in 2007 and 2008, having agreed a new two-year deal, Rossi may be better placed, as the Prancing Horse will at least have the German's experience and expertise to continue to lead them - and of course he will be on hand to advise Rossi and help him as he makes the transition.
"It is a big gamble and a big risk for Ferrari - but not as big as it is for me," he confirmed to British newspaper, The News of the World. "We will know something between now and June.
"I've tried not to think about it for a while now. That way I will have a clearer mind when I have to make the decision."
The Yamaha rider though isn't seen as a good choice by all at Ferrari. Indeed it is quite the contrary with some sceptical about whether or not he can make the cut on four wheels.
"I don't think there is an anti-Rossi camp. But there are people who are thinking coldly about the pros and cons," added Rossi.
Rossi's is likely to face stiff competition for the second seat, especially as Kimi Raikkonen has apparently already signed a letter of intent to move to Ferrari from McLaren.
It's going to get pretty interesting. :hmm: .......Rossi is desperate, according to friends and insiders, to become the greatest champion in history, :win: and needs to win EVERY race from now until the end of the season to beat Giacomo Agostini's record.
The record 68 GP wins held by Agostini, has stood for the last thirty two years, and Rossi (54 wins), needs to beat it to assure himself of ascending the speculation of 'who's the greatest' statistically
That put's a lot of pressure on Rossi, who, will not want to retire from MOTO GP (should he chose to do so at the end of the 2006 season), playing second fiddle to anyone.
A personal tussle is brewing nicely between current world F1 Champion Fernando Alonso and Rossi following reports of Alonso's dismissive comments on Rossi's chances in the sport........"If Rossi wins a Formula 1 championship, it'll be a f**king miracle!!", :hair: he said. Alonso, also believes he could put a MOTO GP bike on the podium with Rossi
Valentino has responded by throwing down a challenge to Alonso......three separate races in an F1 car, a rally car :car: and on a MOTO GP bike .....time the results and work out who the fastest is......
I think a few people would pay good money to see the outcome of those races......
Also a report in 'Two Wheels Only' ('Reload' section :rotf:) which states , that Rossi is on the road to living sainthood in the eyes of the Vatican in Rome. Giant icons of Rossi on his bike were shown , and rumour has it that the 'beautification' process has been accorded to Rossi by his holiness the Pope, (normally reserved for those who are dead), such is the adulation of Rossi around the world.....IF it were to be true, Rossi could become a living saint, perhaps of sporting achievement, fair play or services to the Afro comb industry..... :hmm:
What a great race the Istanbul one was Melandri back on form at last, 14th on the grid to first. Rossi battling severe problems with the Yamaha and coming from 11th on the grid, to 14th in the race at one point, and still finishing well
Pedrosa/Stoner/Melandri/Hayden battling all the way That race kind of showed what it might be like without Rossi next year if he leaves for F1 ......New kids on the block showing real potential.
Despite Hayden being 1 point in front at the head of the championship, I STILL DON'T rate him, he had by far the best machine out there with all the bells and whistles, and still he could not win .....even against two newbies with little experience of the big bikes. Hayden would have been fourth if Pedrosa hadn't washed out.
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