Valentino Rossi has won his first MotoGP race since Sepang in 2010 in Assen this afternoon, making it his 80th premier class win. He crossed the line 2.170 seconds ahead of second position man Marc Marquez, after pulling out a larger gap in the closing laps.
|Rossi won his first race of 2013 at Assen
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
The Doctor has struggled since his podium in Qatar back in April, but following a positive test in Aragon two weeks ago he seemed to find a setting he was comfortable with on his YZR-M1. Starting off the weekend with a strong pace and finishing warm-up fastest this morning, Rossi looked comfortable at the iconic circuit of Assen which has brought him seven victories in the past. Securing his best qualifying position of the season in fourth, the 34 year old got a strong start and was up with race leaders Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl straight away. It took no time for the Italian to pass Marquez and Pedrosa, and led the race from lap six until the chequered flag.
Rossi was ecstatic with his win following a two year absence from the top step of the podium “Today was something special, this is one of the best victories in my career because it is one of the most wanted and expected for such a lot of time. I’m so happy because I won a real race where all my opponents were very strong and very fast, apart from Jorge with his injury. It was great from the beginning, I had a good feeling, I could overtake on braking and I felt good on the bike. It was difficult but the finish line was calling me so I had to arrive as fast as possible. We have made a step with the bike, I can ride in a better way so we have to try and stay with the top guys every weekend. Jorge rode an incredible race, we have to say a special great congratulations because he had great courage to do this and also he made an important step for his Championship.”