Valentino Rossi has put a high price on ending his one year losing streak with a win in Saturday’s Dutch TT at Assen.
Rossi’s last win was at this race a year ago, his only victory of 2013, and he is regarded as an Assen specialist.
Marc Marquez has become the master of the last lap dash in establishing an astonishing domination over his MotoGP rivals.
Three times this season Marquez has been put under massive pressure by three of the world’s fastest and classiest racers – Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. All three have failed to end Marquez’s amazing winning streak after being out-raced on the final, frenetic surge to the checkered flag.
American rider Nicky Hayden has laughed off unfounded rumors that he was intending to retire from MotoGP because of injury issues with his right hand and wrist.
Hayden has endured a tough couple of weeks, with surgery in Italy 10 days ago putting his presence in Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix in doubt.
Valentino Rossi is boldly predicting that his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo has the potential to end Marc Marquez’s winning streak in Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix.
Marquez has won the opening six races of the season, and now faces massive pressure to deliver a seventh consecutive win in his home race in Barcelona. Yet, for this first time this season, Marquez made a mistake and crashed in qualifying, and will start third from the outside of the front row on Sunday.
Valentino Rossi believes that he must improve his qualifying performance if he is to be the first rider to beat Marc Marquez this season.
The next chance for the seven-time MotoGP World Champion comes in Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix at Rossi’s beloved Barcelona circuit.
Rossi has been second to the all-conquering Spanish youngster Marquez three times this season but harbors thoughts of reprising his glory days at the 2.93-mile circuit.