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MotoGP Silverstone: Rossi rues time lost on opening laps

Valentino Rossi feels his chance of getting on terms with Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo was blown in the early part of the Silverstone MotoGP race
Valentino Rossi was left to rue time lost during the opening laps as the Movistar Yamaha rider saw his chance battling with Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo slip away at the British MotoGP.

Rossi feels he lost too much ground in the beginning as he battled with Andrea Dovizioso and the fast-starting Aleix Espargaro, with Lorenzo and Marquez establishing a gap at the front that the Italian rider was never able to overcome.

The nine-time world champion, who came home in third place at Silverstone for his eighth podium of the season, said: “There are a lot of positive things and also it is a positive day for me personally because it is the first podium of my career at Silverstone.

“I'm also happy for the first part of the race because I was very fast, but unfortunately I wasn't able to make a great start and I lose a bit of time with Dovi and especially with [Aleix] Espargaro.

“After, I stressed too much the rear tyre and I started to lose a lot of grip and unfortunately I started to slow down and Jorge and Marc opened a gap,” he added.

“I had a very good battle with Pedrosa and Dovi and I tried to stay at the front, because I was entering the corner with a very good speed.”

Rossi is 10 points behind Pedrosa in third in the championship table and the 35-year-old – who surpassed Alex Barros' record of premier class starts as he lined up for the 246th time at Silverstone, is now eager to make a big impression in the next race at Misano.

“At the end it is another podium and it is good because it is the eighth podium of the season and I am not so far from Dani in the championship,” he said.

“Now we have to focus on Misano and it's a track that I like a lot and I want to try and prepare 100 per cent to be as competitive as possible for this race.”

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August 31, 2014 4:57 PM

He had an inVincible bike they said... He had no proper rivals they said... His 7 titles are less worthy they said... I started to have an element of doubt... But If he can score consistent podiums at 35 rarely going beyond the limit and relying on his race craft with a bike that was not purely deSigned to his style... then he would have still been a 7 times champion if he had faced this set of rivals in his earlier days... Young and aggressive Rossi riding on the limits and go past it at his will is capable of even more what very very few can match... Go vale... keep going...


September 01, 2014 9:06 AM

Another podiom well done. Rossi has spent most of his career riding with his heart on his sleeve and established boundaries of sportsmanship, in his quest for victory. At 35 there is hardly a more respected and inspiring motorcycle rider in the sport. Where he once refused to entertain the thought of defeat (much like MM now), he now looks forward to just being able to be at the pointy end and compete. Rossi has chosen to carry on for a few more years and risk defeat, on the small chance he may be able to snatch some more victories. He is to be commended for the way in which he fights on. Takes ball$ to front up week after week, knowing you are not as good as you once were. To be in the wilderness (with Ducati) for those years, and be involved in an accident that claimed your childhood friend, would have seen a lot of riders give up the ghost. But for Rossi and his love of racing, he overcame those obsticals, and for me and I'm sure millions of others, we are gratefull. Go Rossi.

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