|Bet he thought he’d never see the Desmo again…
Yamaha MotoGP rider, Valentino Rossi finished yesterday’s Grand Prix from the Circuit of The Americas in 6th, following a weekend of struggle to keep up with the RC213V Hondas. Rossi began the race from 8th spot on the grid, after he was pushed all the way to the 0 minute mark by CRT rider Aleix Espargaro in qualifying, finishing the Q2 session just 9 thousandths ahead of the Spaniard.
For the first third of the race, the Italian was battling for 4th/5th place with the likes of Yamaha counterpart Cal Crutchlow, the Honda duo of Bradl and Bautista… and even the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. He evenutally managed to gap Bautista and Dovi, whilst Crutchlow and Bradl sped off into the distance, he was unable to catch them.
Given the fact that CoTA is a circuit that favours a Honda, and that VR had been contesting with braking issues all weekend, he is positive about the next few rounds, and that this performance was a bit of an anomaly. “This is a difficult track for us. We expected to do better, but I had a lot of problems in the race because I had a problem with the brakes. I had a vibration in braking because I lost one part of a disc so this didn’t help. We knew that we had to defend here; we know that when we cannot attack we need to try and arrive in the top five but today it was sixth. The balance of the first two races is positive and we arrive in Jerez optimistic for the next few races as the tracks are better for us.”