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Top 10 MotoGP riders of 2010: 3rd

Valentino Rossi 3rd in Crash.net's top 10 MotoGP riders of 2010.
3 - Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi only rode one race fully fit in 2010, the first round at Qatar which he won.

Thereafter the Italian nursed first a shoulder injury, from a motocross training accident, and then a broken leg, suffered at round four in Italy.

Absent for four races, Rossi made an early return in Germany and came within a few tenths of a podium. The rostrum return came next time out at Laguna Seca, but it took until Sepang (round 15) for Rossi to win for the second and final time in 2010.

But Rossi didn't need to be on the top step of the podium to make his presence felt. His bar-banging ride against Jorge Lorenzo at Motegi, and a near repeat for another third place with Nicky Hayden at Phillip Island proved that Rossi, even in reduced fitness, is the master of close combat.

So why did we rank Rossi third, where he finished in the championship. Why not fourth, why not second?

We've explained why Casey Stoner remained fourth, and - despite the physical adversity suffered by Rossi - we simply couldn't justify placing the seven time MotoGP champion above either Dani Pedrosa or Jorge Lorenzo.

Unlike Rossi, both Pedrosa and Lorenzo enjoyed the most successful seasons of their MotoGP careers in 2010. They also won more races than Rossi and were the most successful riders on their respective brands of motorcycle.

Statistics – Valentino Rossi:

Team: Fiat Yamaha
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1

Championship position: 3rd
Points: 233

Race starts: 14 (out of 18)
Pole positions: 1
Victories: 2
Podiums: 10
Fastest laps: 2
Best result: 1st (Losail, Sepang))
Points finishes: 14

Crash.net's Top 10 MotoGP riders of 2010:
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Casey Stoner
5. Ben Spies
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Nicky Hayden
8. Marco Simoncelli
9. Randy de Puniet
10. Alvaro Bautista



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lsimanjorang

November 18, 2010 10:23 AM
Last Edited 1351 days ago

Before some idiot going frenzy (again) and start flamming (yes again..and again) on this thread, please do yourself a favour.. Go to GPOne and watch the video "Rossi talks about his surgery".. You can see clearly that he is in a lot of pain.. This man and like other racers will do anything just to entertain us speed junkie, so shut your mouth and show some respect.. Enjoy while he is still there, he is one of a kind.. You're the best Valentino.. The champion of all champion! Take your time and I wish you speedy recovery.. Let's kick some ass in 2011.. You have done it before with Yamaha, and I still believe you can do it once again to prove that man is still above machinery! Your fans from Indonesia!

andrew.

November 18, 2010 12:36 PM

Only 3rd?! Considering that he missed a few races, and rode much the season with a dodgy shoulder and more laterly a dodgy leg and only missed 2nd by 12 points I would have thought that Rossi would have been placed higher. Certainly the best rider out there when fully fit and there is no doubt that he will be successful on the Ducatti once the bike is sorted. Anyone who has watched MotoGP for any length of time knows this. The only way someone would not realise this is if they are a mindless fanboy who watches the races from the sanctuary of their own internal sphincter.



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