Is It Over, The Tenth Title For Vale?

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Valentino Rossi has always done something spectacular, but things are now a little bit complicated. With three DNF's from 13 rounds of the world championship of 2016, the odds are really stacked against him in this season.

Rossi's seven premier class title seasons never had more than two DNF's. In these seven years, Rossi only had just seven DNF's. And in 2003 and 2008 he scored points in every race. Rossi is surely disappointed because at Mugello and Assen he looked almost unbeatable.

An engine failure at Mugello and a simple rider error while leading at Assen will play an important role for this season title chance. If Rossi had beaten Pedrosa at Misano, the situation would change as we go to final stages of this season. But still, the Italian is continuing to outscore Marquez.

At Red Bull Ring Rossi finished fourth over Marquez's fifth, second over third at Brno, third over fourth at Silverstone and second over fourth at Misano. These won't let Valentino carve into Marquez's points lead. Rossi need at least two more wins and some podiums, if he does so, then we can see a showdown for the title. The championship leader Marc Marquez is clearly 43 points ahead and looks more matured for this season. The change of aggression in his riding style has given Marc this advantage.

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Story first published: Friday, September 16, 2016, 12:12 [IST]
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