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Dramatic fourth for Rossi after tough Grand Prix

Valentino Rossi produced a trademark surge through the pack from ninth to fourth in Sunday’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix race.

At a track which he would not describe as a favourite, Rossi had not looked comfortable throughout free practice and was understandably frustrated to have qualified at the back of the third row.

Indeed ninth was his worst qualifying result with Yamaha since he was tenth on the grid at Valencia in 2008 and an average start to the race meant there was plenty of work to do for the Doctor.

However, the nine-time World Champion thrilled the crowd over the course of the 27 laps by overtaking the likes of Nicky Hayden, Bradley Smith, Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista.

The Italian then saved the best for last with an audacious but fair move on Cal Crutchlow on the final lap for a valuable fourth place in the race, consolidating fourth in the standings.

“At the end the race was not so bad,” reflected Rossi. “Especially compared with yesterday and especially the second half. I was able to ride the bike in a good way and enjoy it. I did a very good lap time in the second half and had great battles with Bradl and Bautista, but especially with Cal on the last lap, that was very funny.”

“Fourth place here is good considering this track is one of the worst for me and considering I started from ninth I am quite happy,” he added. “We still have to work and understand why in the first laps I can’t ride the bike and use the extra grip of the tyre. In the second part when the tyre slides I can enter the corner faster, I can go faster and I can make good lap times so we have to improve because the first three riders are very strong.”

Rossi and his crew now head directly to Brno for the second of three consecutive back-to-back races.

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MotoGP, 2013, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

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