Thursday, March 14, 2013

Valentino Rossi on COTA: “The track is good, a very classical ‘Tilke’ track…”

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The Doctor talks about the Circuit of the Americas...

“I really like the track. My first impression is that it is beautiful. It’s very flowing, with a lot of fast corners and a lot of change of direction; it is fun on the bike! There are three hairpins that are very tight; this is better for Formula 1 overtaking, but for us they are a bit slow. In general the track is good. There is some downhill and uphill and first braking zone is very good,” said Valentino Rossi earlier this week, after riding his Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time around the newly built Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, in the US.

“The track is a very classical ‘Tilke’ track. The uphill at turn one helps to stop the bike, which is beautiful. I like the fast parts, turn two and turn ten especially. There is lots of hard braking and it is very wide, so good for overtaking. The long right before the last two lefts is also good. It's fun, and not too hot like it is in Sepang, so it's a good place to make a motorcycle race,” added The Doctor. “For me, turn two is the best, though, and after you enter into the chicane which is very similar to Silverstone. The straight is very long, which is maybe good for overtaking,” he said.

Hmm… should be interesting to see who actually wins the first MotoGP race at COTA later this year!

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