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MotoGP France: Rossi: Points haul important for championship

'When you start from the third row in seventh place and finish second, it is always great' - Valentino Rossi.
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.

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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May 08, 2016 4:49 PM
Last Edited 82 days ago

How can someone not like Valentino Rossi.?. What a rider... after all these years ha. Watching him just lightened up the entire race. I just have no words to describe what Vale Does to this sport. Whenever he is in a battle ... the whole MotoGP Race comes to life. He still gives light and life to this sport. God bless and long live the legend.


May 08, 2016 5:41 PM
Last Edited 121 days ago

reinmacre: Vale looked solid today. He ran down Marquez and passed Marc with relative ease. Once past, Rossi opened up a comfortable cushion. Even if VR46 had started on the front row, I doubt he'd have had anything for JL99 today. As BMWR1200GSA pointed out, Rossi offered up no excuses just admitted Jorge was better today. Dude is comfortable in his skin. Goat.
True my friend.... which is a quality that I like and admire in Vale. Vale, always says " I made bad mistakes... even if I didn't ( whoever the winner ) Was unbeatable today and he was faster than me. Sadly some riders never say so. instead they comes up with all these silly statements. Vale is manly enough to admit that the other guy was faster than him on that day.

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