Can Rossi reach 200 this weekend at Czech Republic GP ?
Historic course in the sights this weekend at the Czech Republic GP for Valentino Rossi, who could be the first to clinch 200 premier class podiums at Brno, where he won his very first Grand Prix victory in 1996… Explanations and statistics.
The Doctor approaches this 2020 Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix with the firm intention of confirming his return to business, which resulted in a splendid one week after having hit rock bottom on the same track (distant 9th in qualifying then).
- MNC of July 27, 2020 : Rossi presses Yamaha and lifts his 235th trophy
- MNC of July 21, 2020 :
Being able to turn the tables is a huge satisfaction for the Italian, who admits to having wondered "if it was not time to stay at home" after this particularly failed start. "This result was too bad to be real, even if I am old", he let go, his face defeated and his head filled with doubts….
Fortunately, the fastest forty-something in the world immediately put the work back on the job to rebound better seven days later, not without having obtained from Yamaha to return to an old configuration of the M1 which suits him better than that of his young teammates, Viñales and Quartararo in the lead.
- Czech Republic GP :
- MNC file :
"It is not easy, because of course I have a lot of experience, but sometimes this experience is a problem because you have to have an open mind to change different things", he analyzes with objectivity, aware of ” have acquired reflexes that are difficult to lose after 25 years of career.
"I try to adapt as much as possible to the modern style of MotoGP, which is strongly conditioned by the tires, but we also have to adapt the bike to me: I need something different", confirms the nine-time world champion which is 34 points behind the leader Fabio Quartararo.
15 months of famine for the ogre Vale !
"This result at the GP of Andalusia is very important because it comes after a long period without podiums (exactly 15 months since his 2nd place at the GP of the Americas, Editor’s note). To achieve it here in Jerez, a difficult track for me in recent years, and with this warmth, is very positive ", congratulates the transalpine star who has also reassured his .
"The challenge is very hard and the level very high: many drivers are strong, but if we follow our path we can also be competitive in Brno", predicts the n ° 46, traditionally at ease on the fast Czech track where he signed his first international success in GP125 in … 1996 !
- MNC of August 3, 2020:
The official Yamaha rider presented himself there two and a half decades later (!) With a sizeable challenge: to reach 200 podiums in the premier category, his counter opened at the GP of Catalonia in 2000 currently showing "199" … Rossi is mounted on the highest step 89 times, while 142 of his 199 podiums were signed on a Yamaha (54 on Honda and … 3 on Ducati!).
Competition can hang on … for a long time !
This record, favored by its extraordinary longevity, will be difficult to beat as its first pursuers, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, post 114 and 112 podiums respectively in MotoGP. The two Spaniards are currently retired from the Grand Prix, now working as test riders for Yamaha and KTM.
Then come Marc Marquez and Mick Doohan with each 95 podiums in the premier class, both on a Honda-Repsol. The most serious threat therefore comes from Marquez who, at only 27 years old, can chain victory after victory at the top of his form … which is far from being the case at present: the reigning champion is after having been re-operated from right shoulder !
- MNC Live : Marquez could miss the next three races !
- MNC of August 4, 2020 :
Last statistic that Valentino Rossi would do well without: his podium in Jerez, at 41 years and 161 days, makes him the seventh oldest rider to have completed a MotoGP / 500 cc race in the top three! Quick: a victory this weekend to seal the milestone of 200 podiums with style and reconnect with the highest step, which has eluded it since the GP of the Netherlands … 2017 (yes, already) !
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