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Rossi: ‘This was better than Brno’

Rossi: ‘This was better than Brno’

Valentino Rossi will look for better race pace at Misano after finishing fourth for a third consecutive Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone.

The nine-time World Champion has now finished in the top four at the last six races, but has been unable to get onto the podium since a run of three rostrum finishes concluded at Laguna Seca.

A lack of cutting edge pace in qualifying and early in races appears to be his main issue, but identifying the problem is easier then solving it. The introduction of the seamless gearbox for Yamaha cannot come soon enough for the Italian who will of course hope for a strong result at Misano in two weeks.

Rossi made an excellent start from sixth on the grid at Silverstone, initially jumping three places to slot in behind Marc Marquez in third position. Still struggling to find an optimum set up for the first few race laps, he then slipped back to sixth before mounting a trademark fight back.

With 12 laps to go Rossi was swapping positions in a close fight with Stefan Bradl, emerging the victor two laps later and then hunting down Alvaro Bautista in fourth. The battle with Bautista was to begin with just three laps remaining and continue to the finish line, Rossi’s race craft eventually giving him the upper hand and earning him fourth place at the flag.

The legendary Italian stated, “For me this result is a bit more positive than in Brno. Every time I come here I have a bad result, this time we worked in a different and better way. The fourth place is better than in Brno, but it is still a fourth place.”

“Unfortunately I made a good start but in the first laps the other guys between the second and seventh lap were a lot faster than me, but the second half of the race was not so bad,” he added.

“We will continue to work hard, we never give up and are not so far now. We have a constant pace and we are nearly there but we need to go a bit faster, we still have to work to improve our pace.”

Rossi continues in fourth in the standings, now on 156 points and increasing the gap to Cal Crutchlow in fifth to 20 points.

MotoGP, 2013, HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

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