It was tragic for Rossi's engine to have given up the ghost like that. Looked like a holed piston with that much smoke, but we'll never know for sure.
It's put Rossi 40 points behind when he could otherwise have equalled Marquez as a championship leader, it was looking as if he was quicker... With the harder front tire Rossi might eventually have had the advantage to have overtaken Lorenzo in the later part of the race, it looked as if Rossi was beginnind to just sit behind him to catch him in the end... then the engine blew.
For a 36 year old, Rossi is on amazing form this year, he's shown he can equal and beat Lorenzo but my jaw dropped too when his engine failed so dramatically.
That Lorenzo had suffered an engine failure in practice, it's a shame they didn't change Rossi's as a precaution, but hindsight is 20/20.
Rossi has an advantage of prior experience with Michelin tires, which others haven't all got and he seems to have taken to this years changes more readily than other riders, plus Honda has traction issues that Marquez finds harder to get to grips with; his riding isn't as wild or radically different to other riders as it was in his first 2 years, all riders have been adapting & developing their skills too.
I'm sure Rossi will continue to fight to the very end and if he can't win this season, it may be easier next year with Lorenzo on an unfamiliar Ducati.
I like Iannone; he has a strong racing spirit. He's had some bad luck this year and could have won the race had he had no clutch problems. BUT these things are all IFS....
He has had his chance and hasn't shown himself to be a champion.
He's consistent, but I reckon Ducati will replace Dovi with a better rider given the chance... there's a lot of new tallent coming up the ranks.
The aliens are coming...
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