Originally Posted by OveRReV
if it weren't for the tire failure Rossi could've overtaken Hopkins & Edwards, obviously he was also setting a blistering pace until a huge chunk of rubber took out his front fender & that can only mean one thing, Rossi's riding at a pace that exceeded what his tires could handle & both Dani & Nicky also run michelins, so who's the faster rider?
Faster doesnt mean better. Who ran his tires into the ground and got a DNF? Hopkin's run in Turkey proved this. We all know this. Seems like Rossi brain farted it for a second. The faster you have to run to keep up or catch the front, the faster your tires wear out. Rossi got a bit ahead of himself and pushed too hard and took his tires out. Remember when Nicky had brake issues? He backed off to get the points instead of trying for 1st/2nd and crashing out. Rossi seems overly concerned on domination rather than consistancy.
It seems to me at this point, that Rossi is suffering from a Barry Bonds syndrome. Bonds pushing for 714 and he cant get one. Rossi pushing for victories and he cant get one. Eventually both Bonds and Rossi will get what they want, but will Rossi have ruined his chance to get a championship in the process? Its not top podium places that win championships, its consistancy. And Nicky is Mr Consistancy these days. As it stands, if Nicky takes 2nd all the way through the season, Rossi, has to take top podium at least 7 times to beat him. Certainly doable for Rossi, but that is not counting Nicky at Laguna and that Nicky stands a great chance to actually win a race besides Laguna this year. Nor does it count Melandri, Pedrosa, Stoner, Capirossi, and the other people capable of riding up front.
As great of a race as Rossi was having, when he was challenging Hopkins and Edwards, I think they would have held him up long enough for Pedrosa and Hayden to hang onto to 1 and 2.
Here is hoping that Rossi is runner up to Hayden.