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Third spot a “good job” for Rossi after a tough weekend

Third spot a “good job” for Rossi after a tough weekend

The Fiat Yamaha rider and reigning World Champion was more than happy with his race position of third at Jerez, after battling a sore shoulder and bike set-up issues throughout the weekend.

Defending World Champion Valentino Rossi’s vast experience was in evidence once more on Sunday when he acknowledged the importance of finishing on the podium at the Gran Premio bwin de España.

Having battled a shoulder problem all weekend, the result of a motocross training accident the week after his victory in Qatar, the Italian also had issues with the set-up of his factory Yamaha M1 prototype. That did not stop him from being at the business end of the race classification however.

A fine start from fourth on the grid placed him in second position as the riders went into Turn 1 of the race, and as the race wore on Rossi started to experience some slide on his bike. A valuable 16 points thanks to an eventual third place was a solid result, and Rossi knows how important those points were in light of his struggles, both physical and technical.

“This just wasn’t our race today,” analysed Rossi as he broke down the result. “We struggled a lot with the shoulder during the weekend but especially with the setting, and we weren’t able to fix the problem and have good rear grip.”

He continued: “But anyway, it was a good job. I had a good race because I didn’t make any mistakes, and I will focus on all the good things; the start, the first lap with good grip, and the podium finish. It’s a good result and we will try to do better in the next race.”

An intense battle unfolded in front of Rossi between his Fiat Yamaha team-mate and eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, with the two Spaniards taking their duel for victory down to the last lap. It was something the Italian was disappointed not to be involved in, but he is looking forward to the next round at Le Mans in three weeks.

“At the end it was a great battle and I’m very sad I wasn’t in it and was just behind! I think it was a good spectacle for the whole crowd and it was a great Spanish party,” he said.

“Now we have two full weeks to let the shoulder recover 100%, and try to do better in Le Mans.”

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MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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