Originally Posted by K0m4
Shooting for pole is an uttainable goal for them, sure, but 11th after a CRT bike and satellite duc - that's more like an embarrasment. They shouldn't be there even IF they focused only on race set-up.
That's the way I see it, too. And I have little doubt it's the way Rossi sees it. It makes it hard to avoid the conclusion that Rossi's issues with the Duc are not just about the Duc, but are also about his (in)ability to ride in a way that makes the Duc work. And I am a Rossi fan.
Two other relevant stats were cited by commentators during the qualifying broadcast. Rossi had held the qualifying lap record here since 2006 (at 1:31.002) until Pedrosa went under it yesterday. But as I write this, the race lap record of 1:32.582 is still held Stoner - set in 2008, on the Duc.