Rossi Plays Down Psychological Edge Over Lorenzo

Valentino Rossi does not believe his victory in Sunday’s British Grand Prix gives him a significant psychological advantage over title rival Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi regained the lead in the championship chase at Silverstone with Lorenzo down in fourth, falling twelve points behind, and the Italian believes the points on the board are far more important than any mental edge.

“It’s not important, Jorge is very strong. It’s important to have the points but in terms of psychological advantage, not a lot unfortunately. For sure it’s important to remain on top because I’ve been first from the first race and Jorge arrived at Barcelona one point behind, then arrived equal at Brno, but never in front.”

Rossi did feel Sunday’s win could prove vitally important though, not only because of Lorenzo’s superb record at Silverstone in the past, but also because of the impact on Marc Marquez’s hopes of retaining his crown.

“It’s also important to open the gap because on paper, this is a track where Jorge can beat me but it’s still twelve points with six races to go and a lot of tracks where Jorge is very strong so it’s still very competitive. It’s more important to beat Marquez because he is not finished but now very far behind.”

The next round of the MotoGP world championship will take place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in two week’s time.