Why Rossi can defy time in the 2017 title race

Why Rossi can defy time in the 2017 title race

Five months ago, Yamaha's new young gun Maverick Vinales was the overwhelming MotoGP title favourite and Valentino Rossi's days up front looked numbered. Not any more

Given the way the first 10 races of the MotoGP season have played out, it almost seems odd to think back to the start of the year and to how much of a nailed-on championship favourite Yamaha new boy Maverick Vinales was.

Such was the 22-year old's dominance during pre-season testing that the idea of him being outshone by a team-mate 16 years his senior seemed fanciful, especially given how Valentino Rossi was struggling so badly for pace in those Sepang, Phillip Island and Losail tests.

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