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Rossi: One of my most important second places.

Despite knowing that team-mate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo had crashed out of Sunday's Australian MotoGP, Valentino Rossi pushed race winner Casey Stoner from the first to last lap of the race.

The pair quickly pulled away from Honda's Dani Pedrosa as they challenged each other around the fast Phillip Island circuit, but Stoner wasn't to be denied a third home victory in a row - and Rossi knew a 'do or die' move was out of the question.

Finally rolling off the throttle with a few corners to go, the Fiat Yamaha rider has more than doubled his title lead from 18 to 38 points - and can be crowned MotoGP champion for the seventh time if he leaves next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix with an advantage of 25 points.

"This was one of the most fun and definitely one of the most important second places of my career!” said Rossi. “We were on the limit for the whole race and there were some amazing slides, it was 'old-style' racing.

“Of course I wanted to win but Stoner had a huge rhythm in front. I had to use my head a bit and once I'd seen that Lorenzo was out, I knew that if I made a mistake it would be a big disaster!

“It was a great battle. I tried to attack in places and I gave my maximum three of four laps from the end for one final push, but it was too risky and anyway Casey really deserved this win; I want to give him my congratulations.

“We leave with 20 important points and now the championship lead is big and we can try to finish it in Malaysia, where we will have the first 'match point',” the Italian concluded.

"It is a pity that Lorenzo crashed, because who knows what kind of race this could have been with him in it as well?” commented Rossi's team manager Davide Brivio. “Valentino today rode with a big heart and a lot of fight, trying to win the race but also making sure he didn't lose these 20 points. He tried hard but never went over the top.”



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Stoner, Rossi, Australian MotoGP 2009
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Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
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Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
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Emma Berridge - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 3:31 PM

Guys. Why can't Casey says things like Valentino? ''Casey really deserved this win I want to give him my congratulations'' It's so sad he has no sportsmanship. What a fantastic race, interestingly I was willling Casey to win and I'm a Nicky Hayden fan myself (I think the white paint tricked my mind it wasn't the Ducati of Casey). Nicky and Vale respect each other, friends almost. I watched the BBC post race interview and Casey said not one word about Rossi. :rolleyes: Nothing. It's all about him and his anorexic school girl wife who never says a word. Does she have a voice even? The two of them a perfect match together. Emma.

jp34 - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 10:30 AM

bambang If casey isnt good enough to develop a bike to suit him is that rossis fault? Rossi turned that yamaha into what it is. Funny jl didnt fancy leaving yam to do his own development elsewhere. Rossi is 30 and still the best, get over it. :rolleyes:



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