Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rossi Operates on Marquez in Argentina!

By far, without a doubt, Hands Down! The best race of the past weekend was the electrifying MotoGP race in Argentina, where  "The Doctor," nee Valentino Rossi once again pulled out his scalpel and dissected the entire MotoGP field!

Pole sitter Marc Marquez made the last minute decision on the grid to switch to the "Softer" Hard compound rear Bridgestone rubber, along with Cal Crutchlow, while the other Factory Riders, most notably Rossi decided to use Bridgestone's "Harder" (extra) Hard rear tyre especially formulated for the overly abrasive Argentina tarmac.

At the start Marquez rocketed away from the field, building up a 4.3-second lead before Rossi, who'd started an unhappy eighth began cutting into his lead after having moved up to second by lap-11.

Rossi chipped away and with nine laps remaining had reduced the gap to Marquez to a scant three seconds, and was carving three-tenths a lap off of the young Spaniard's lead, as next time by it was 2.7-seconds, although I thought Valentino would run out of time.

And then with just six laps remaining, Rossi was just a miniscule 0.6-seconds adrift of Marquez's Honda before the two tussled for the lead! Then on the last lap, 24-of-25 it A-L-L went "Pear-shaped" for Marquez, as Rossi passed him, Marquez re-passed, then Rossi took the lead again, which Marc fought to reclaim the lead on his worn Bridgestone rubber and clipped Rossi's rear tyre!

With Marquez crashing out of the race, the incident was put under investigation but to Mwah, it  was clearly Marquez's fault, as I found it weird to be chanting Vali-Vali-Vali! Prior to The Doctor passing the upstart Spaniard, since I'm typically a Marquez fan, yet was fascinated that the elder Statesman of MotoGP at 36yrs old was putting on another clinic!

Rossi's second win of the season gives him the points lead over fellow Italian "Desmo Dovy," which Bob Varsha anointed him, as Andrea Dovizioso's six points behind with Marquez's DNF dropping him to fifth overall, 30-points adrift of Rossi with fifteen rounds remaining...