The Italian legend accepted his performance in Austin, where he finished 15th, and was very critical of the dangerous incident in the Moto3 race.
In a difficult weekend for the Italian, Valentino Rossi managed to cross the finish line in 15th position, a long way from second place achieved the last time the MotoGP World Championship visited Austin, a fact that stages the drop in performance experienced in that period by the legendary runner, who hurries his last races before finally hanging up his suit at the end of the season.
Rossi started penultimate (20th) on the grid, but managed to manage to climb positions after opting to mount the mid-rear tire, the only one that did so on the entire grid, along with Brad Binder.
“It was one of the most difficult races of my life from a physical point of view, because this track is very demanding, it was also very hot and there are many potholes, so it was very difficult,” he summarized Valentino Sunday night from Austin.
A fifteenth position that earned him a point on his locker, but above all it gave him some good feelings, some of which is lacking in recent times.
“In the end it was also a good race if we look at my pace, because he rode the medium tire and I managed to be consistent until the end, managing to complete several overtaking. The problem is that I was not competitive enough, but in relation to my speed, it was not a bad race,” he argued.
While practically all of the grill opted for the soft rear rubber, Rossi decided to explore other options.
“I used the medium because during training I felt more comfortable with it. In the morning I also tried the squishy in the Warm Up, but I was slow and didn’t like it too much. We decided to go our way, albeit alone Binder and I used that compound, but it was the right choice, because I was able to maintain a constant rhythm and take a little point home ”, he appreciated his decision.
The World Championship now returns to Europe to face the last three stops of the course, Misano, Portimao and Valencia, where Rossi will put the end to a legendary race.
“Now I will rest for a couple of days, then I will have to train hard to face the last three races, because in Austin it has been very hard from a physical point of view. To perform at your best you have to be 100% and very young. The first part I can try, the second is already very difficult for me. In any case, I will try to train more intensely, ”said the 42-year-old with a laugh.
The Moto3 race like a Russian roulette
How could it be otherwise, they asked Valentino his opinion on the dramatic accident of the career of Moto3 and the subsequent two-race penalty for the young Turkish driver Deniz Oncu, which will have to stay at home the next two big prizes.
“Personally, I think it was a mistake to restart the Moto3 race at the sprint with only five laps, because it turned into Russian roulette. They should have tried to move Salac (whose crash caused the red flag) faster and did not stop the first race, because a second start is very dangerous. Moto3 riders are already out of control in a normal race, so imagine just five laps away ”.
Oncu got caught with the wheel Jeremy Alcoba and caused a multiple accident in which several pilots were involved, including Pedro Acosta and Andrea Migno, for which he was severely punished.
“The penalty is correct, because with this precedent a driver will think better of it before doing something like this again. They had to do something, and leaving him two races at home was the minimum. It is correct to take a serious measure, because the situation is out of control and in the end the dangerous drivers are always the same. If you watch a Moto3 race, you know who they are, so the stewards should also focus on that: two penalty races, and if they reoffend, five, because you have to try to educate those who always cause these accidents ”.
Valentino was especially sensitive to what happened, probably because one of his boys from the city was involved in the fall. VR46 Academy.
“Oncu passed down the straight even though he knew he had a driver right down, resulting in a potentially fatal accident. I was very scared, especially since Migno was also involved, but Acosta also made an incredible flight against the barriers, we were very lucky that everyone is fine.
“The situation must change before something serious happens, so it is only fair that those who make mistakes stay at home. Motorcycling is dangerous in itself, so young riders must understand that you have to respect your own safety and that of your opponents, which is more important than winning. On the other hand, these boys drive like crazy, because from childhood they teach them to put the rival in a difficult position ”, the # 46 settled very critical.