Valentino Rossi had no qualms with second place at Le Mans after the Movistar Yamaha rider fought his way through from the third row of the grid.

Rossi struggled throughout practice and qualifying with his M1 but sealed a valuable 20 points in France as he bagged the runner-up spot to make it a Yamaha one-two behind Jorge Lorenzo.

The 37-year-old remains third in the championship but is only 12 points behind new leader Lorenzo and seven back on Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who crashed out of fourth place in France before returning to the track and finishing 13th.

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Rossi said: "When you start from the third row in seventh place and finish second, it is always great and especially today because these 20 points are important for the championship.

"We are able to close the gap to the top, that has changed from Marquez to Lorenzo. This weekend was quite difficult and did some mistakes, especially on Friday because we tried to concentrate on the tyre that had less traction.

"But the new Michelin tyre improved and the issues are different, so you have to concentrate in another way. Yesterday I was quite competitive and it was not so bad but I did two mistakes in the qualifying and I start from the third row," he added.

"When you start from here, you know that in the beginning you have to fight but the start also was not good. Fortunately I was able to go away from the second group and I did some good laps, but in that moment the situation was very tricky, because today was a bit more difficult [with the tyres].

"I tried to stay concentrated to ride well and my bike was well balanced, so I could recover on Marquez and Dovizioso," Rossi said.

"The idea was to try to overtake as soon as possible and I did some good laps. After Marquez and Dovizioso made the mistakes, I was able to relax a little bit."

Mugello is next up on the MotoGP calendar and Rossi is looking forward to competing on Italian soil in front of his passionate fans, even if he admits his home round brings a lot of extra pressure.

"Mugello is fantastic and I love the race track and the atmosphere, but always the Grand Prix is more difficult compared to normal because you have lot more pressure, but we arrive in quite good shape and our bike is very competitive," Rossi said.

"Now I will just relax and try to arrive focused from Friday in Mugello."

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If doing bad means a second place all the other riders should fear when Rossi is good. I'm still flabbergasted that for Rossi age is just a number. The entire weekend his riding looked smooth and during the race you can see bits of Rossi from the past, being with the fastest of the world on two wheels or let's say being one of the fastest at this age, Rossi is a true inspiration.