|Hitting a bump caused Rossi to crash
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Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi had a tough day at the office in Le Mans this weekend, crashing out fourth position.
Despite having a strong start to the weekend the Italian could only manage to qualify in eighth, 0.822 seconds back from pole man Marc Marquez. Race day brought rain, and in wet conditions Rossi was able to get up into a podium position on the second lap, only to be chased down by Cal Crutchlow and pushed back into 4th on lap 13. Just four laps later he had a low side crash which dropped The Doctor down into 12th position, where he stayed for the remainder of the race.
Rossi now sits in fifth position in the championship standings, 36 points off leader Dani Pedrosa but remains positive “Unfortunately we lost a good chance to get a good result today, I think we had the potential to arrive with the first three and arrive on the podium. I had a good pace and I was fast and I could fight with the other guys. In that corner, I didn’t arrive too fast and didn’t feel any mistake but I felt a bump and lost the front, so it’s a pity because we lose points and especially the chance to try to make a good podium here. Anyway, it can happen and the important thing is that today we were fast so we will see next week.”