Entertainment "Could have won" - Rossi mourns top result in Barcelona afterwards

21:45  27 september  2020
21:45  27 september  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Valentino Rossi ends a strong weekend in Barcelona with a crash - The Yamaha rider slips out of the top 10 in the World Cup after scoring his second zero in a row.

Valentino Rossi experienced in Barcelona the strongest racing weekend of the current MotoGP season so far. After strong training results, the Italian drove to the front row in qualifying and joined the leading group in the race together with Petronas Yamaha riders Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli. Up to the 16th round. In turn 2 Rossi fell over the front wheel. The hopes for a podium or even a victory were dashed.

"It's a real shame because it was a great weekend. I was quick from Friday. We were able to improve the bike over the course of the weekend. I was strong," he said, looking back on the weekend. "Sure I could have made it to the podium, which was our goal. I don't know what was going on in the last few laps. Everyone and Quartararo in particular were significantly slower."

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The tire choice was critical in Barcelona. Due to the low temperatures, the majority of them started the race with the soft compound at the front and rear. Rossi also chose the soft tire front and rear. "At the beginning we drove very smoothly. We were fast, but I tried to be very gentle with the front and rear tires. I knew that we would suffer towards the end of the race," remarked Rossi.

Rossi didn't want to let Quartararo escape

"But our pace was good. I didn't push too hard. After Franco made a mistake at Turn 2, I pushed so as not to lose too much to Fabio. I wanted to stick with him" , explains Rossi, who was in second position when the front wheel collapsed. "According to the data records, it was very similar to the previous lap. But at these temperatures I should have paid more attention to the left flank of the tire."

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Fabio Quartararo, Valentino Rossi © Provided by motorsport.com Fabio Quartararo, Valentino Rossi

The eventual winner Fabio Quartararo was just ahead of Valentino Rossi

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"I pushed because I wanted to be close to Fabio. The temperatures were very low today . Turn 2 is always dangerous because the temperature on the front wheel is low. Maybe I pushed too hard at the corner entrance and lost the front. It was a real shame, because we needed a podium after such a weekend, "said Rossi a top competitor. 3 result behind.

First victory since 2017 was quite possible

Would a victory have also been possible in Barcelona? "Fabio, Franco and I were the fastest drivers in the first part of the race. We were close together. Maybe Fabio was a bit faster. But at this point the tire deteriorated significantly. Quartararo also lost a lot in the last laps. We will didn't know because I fell, "commented Rossi.

Valentino Rossi © Provided by motorsport.com Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi returned to the Yamaha pits on a scooter

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"I could have won if I hadn't slumped as much as he did in the last few laps" , Rossi is convinced. Because in the last lap Quartararo did not get beyond a 1: 43.271 lap. At the beginning of the race, 1:40 laps were driven. Rossi was also able to drive 1:40 laps with ease. On lap eight Rossi lapped the course in 1: 40.275 minutes. That was the second fastest lap time of the race behind winner Quartararo. The potential was there.

But Rossi wanted too much. "I also pushed because I knew that the motorcycles that are stronger towards the end of the race - the Suzuki and the Ducati - are not that far behind. At least I wanted to get onto the podium," said the Yamaha works driver.

According to Morbidelli, Rossi was the fastest driver in the race

Compatriot and Yamaha brand colleague Franco Morbidelli is convinced that Rossi was the fastest driver on race day. "I'm sorry for him. He didn't deserve that. He showed an incredibly strong weekend and was very quick in all practice sessions. I think he was the fastest today, but he made a mistake," commented the Petronas driver . "Maybe he was a little overzealous in that left turn. It was clearly his fault."

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In the championship, Rossi slipped from ninth to eleventh position. The two noughties in Misano and Barcelona are likely to have destroyed the last hopes in terms of world championship titles, because the gap is already 50 points. There are still six races to go.

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