- Aug 8, 2011
On the COTA MotoGP race, it seemed clear Marquez was just comfortable behind Dani and didn't want to do any mistakes, specially after Mav crashed. His tyre choice was also H H to Pedrosa's M H if I recall correctly. Rossi needs a massive improvement now in Europe or the title seems a Marquez Viñales thing, but it's still nice to see him on top of the standings. Zarco has to be the highlight of the beginning of the season though.
The penalty Rossi got was laughable; Race Direction are always making me scratch my head as the penatly did SFA to the end result.
In regards to Pedrosa and Marquez, I read Marc prefers the hard front tyre because of its sidewalls being stiffer; Rossi and Marquez seem to dislike the new front tyre construction although the factory Yamaha riders don't seem to be suffering too much. Marquez needs the Honda to improve greatly IMO as his mastery of COTA seems to mask a few issues with the Honda.