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Rossi gives champion's masterclass

Rossi gives champion's masterclass

Rossi gives champion's masterclass

Valentino Rossi put on a fantastic demonstration of the desire of a champion, overcoming obvious pain to finish eight in Assen.

The Camel Yamaha rider's participation had been in doubt after a crash on Thursday left him with a broken bone in his right hand and only permitted him to qualify at the back of the grid. Over the three days of the A-Style TT Assen, Rossi was close to pulling out of the race, leaving his final decision until after this morning's warmup. Deciding to grit his teeth and race, the reigning World Champion overtook rival after rival to earn a top ten position and valuable points in his championship chase. "That was a really hard race for me but Doctor Costa, Marco Montanari and the entire Clinica Mobile team did a great job on my hand and I was able to race until the end," commented Rossi after the race. "I was in some pain, especially at the start and I wasn't able to ride at 100% of my ability, but it was okay. At the start I was worried how it would go, but when the adrenaline kicked in I started to feel like I could race and by the midway point I was feeling much better and having some fun. I lost strength in my hand over the last three laps but was able to hang on for eighth."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Valentino Rossi

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