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November 5th, 2017, 12:26 PM   #211
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Depends whether you believe the report from David Emmett about Valentino Rossi approaching Pedrosa after one of the races prior to PI to ask him why he had chosen to beat him when not in contention himself, to which I imagine Jumkie is referring.

Hearsay evidence sure, but rather less outlandish imo than Rossi’s own contentions about PI 2015, and certainly not a total invention by the “Rossi haters” forum. Valentino took his time about absolving Iannone as well.
I think that report is probably credible (although the handshake straight after the race might suggest otherwise: ).

I'm assuming it happened.

All of the reports I read at the time suggested that Rossi queried DP on why DP had been especially aggressive when racing Rossi. In other words, he was suggesting that DP was intentionally helping JL. That is qualitatively different to asking why someone isn't pulling over to let you pass.

My personal view is that Rossi wanted the 10th so desperately that when he saw it starting to possibly slip away, he became rather paranoid (at DP at Aragon, at MM at PI). DP The pressure got to him.

DP was just racing hard because it's a special motivation to be fighting the championship leader, and one of the best riders at battling in GP history. All very understandable.

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November 5th, 2017, 01:14 PM   #212
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I think that report is probably credible (although the handshake straight after the race might suggest otherwise: ).

I'm assuming it happened.

All of the reports I read at the time suggested that Rossi queried DP on why DP had been especially aggressive when racing Rossi. In other words, he was suggesting that DP was intentionally helping JL. That is qualitatively different to asking why someone isn't pulling over to let you pass.

My personal view is that Rossi wanted the 10th so desperately that when he saw it starting to possibly slip away, he became rather paranoid (at DP at Aragon, at MM at PI). DP The pressure got to him.

DP was just racing hard because it's a special motivation to be fighting the championship leader, and one of the best riders at battling in GP history. All very understandable.

MotoGP Aragon: Pedrosa lauds 'best battle' of career | News

Rossi questioned Pedrosa after Aragon ? GPxtra
Fair enough. However as Jumkie mentioned there is also Ant West who said he wasn't pulling over for Rossi in a most irate fashion on social media, later withdrawn, and Mick Doohan for that matter who said Rossi couldn't expect non-contenders not to try to beat him.

I usually eschew cod psychology, but your view is also mine, that Rossi became so obsessed with winning the 10th that he became paranoid, particularly after PI. We even had a psychologist on here who said he looked sleep deprived at the Sepang press conference possibly from cogitating over the PI race. That bike racing sage Uccio also later proudly announced that it was he who had discerned MM’s “cheating” at PI, so it seems likely Valentino's attitude was encouraged by his entourage.

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