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GP Week : Issue 66
Rare set-up error costs Rossi VALENTINO Rossi's Australian crew chief Jerry Burgess is renowned for his race-morning magic. Whenever Valentino has problems in practice, last-minute setting changes almost always set him back on the right road. Not on Sunday at Estoril. All weekend they had been chasing front grip and moving the weight forward: "In the end, we tipped it over the top too far," said Burgess. The fact that morning warm-up was humid and cool didn't help, but Burgess wouldn't blame that: "We were in the same predicament at the end of practice anyway," he said. Why not just copy the settings used successfully by team-mate Lorenzo? "For some reason, maybe the lack of torque, the 800s are very finicky, so it doesn't work quite like that. When Lorenzo has had problems he's tried our settings, but had always gone back to his own." Does the result mean that the veteran multi-championship- winning Burgess and crew have lost their touch? "We can bounce back," he said cheerfully. "After the crash at Indianapolis, we came back and won the next race." And Rossi? Always a good loser, he remained cheerful -- but acknowledged that the game had become harder: "We need to find a different way to approach how to set up the bike," he said. Moto GP PORTUGAL >> 39