Valentino Rossi ‘strong from the beginning to the end’ in Czech Republic Grand Prix, but mistakes in Qualifying session made it impossible to catch Zarco for a 200th podium.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi started from mid-pack in today‘s Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky and put his head down to ultimately take 5th position.
Rossi had a decent start from P10 on the grid and managed to complete the opening lap in ninth place, right behind his team-mate. On lap 4, The Doctor moved up to eighth and started his charge to the front.
With 12 laps to go, the number-46 rider passed Aleix Espargaró, and when Pol Espargaró crashed out in front of him, the Italian was in sixth place. He had to make up a 1.2s gap to enter the top 5.
The 41-year-old steadily chipped away at it, and with five laps to go he was ready to join Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo for the fight for P4.
He smoothly overtook the fellow Yamaha rider and skillfully withstood the pressure from behind applied by Miguel Oliveira, to take 5th place, 7.517s from first.
“It was a good race today. The second race in Jerez was better because we got a podium, but in general my performance here was better because I had to start from the fourth row.”
“The races have become very complicated now in MotoGP, but I felt good on the bike, and I had a good performance at this race track. I was able to be strong from the beginning to the end and also in the last part of the race I was good.”
“It‘s a shame that yesterday we made some mistakes in qualifying because if I could have started one row to the front maybe I could have fought for the podium. But anyway, this remains a good performance and I enjoyed the race.”
Team director Massimo Meregalli added:
“We knew this would be a tough race and that the tyres would play a vital role. Valentino did a good job today.”
“Starting from 10th on the grid in the midst of the busy pack is always a challenge. He did well to recover quickly and steadily move up the order, all the while making sure he had enough tyre left at the end of the race to defend his fifth position.”
“Our only regret is that if he had started at least one row ahead, he would have surely fought for the podium.”