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Rossi left to lament Turn 11 excursions

Two costly slip-ups left Valentino Rossi way down the order in the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider was running second in the early stages on the race, eventually fighting back to sixth after dropping to 11th place.

A strong start saw the Motegi winner of 2001 and 2008 charge towards the front of the field, only to run wide at Turn 11 towards the end of Lap 2; this first mistake left Rossi fourth. He then repeated the error one lap later, dropping well into the midfield.

“I made a great start but on the second lap when I arrived at Turn 11 I did not have enough power on the brakes, went too deep and lost two positions,” the Italian explains. “On the next lap it was the same. It was my mistake then because I should have remembered from the lap before that I didn't have enough on the brakes. I couldn’t stay on the track and lost a lot of positions.

“After that I tried to do the maximum. My pace was quite good and think I could have been in fourth place, but it wasn't enough to get on the podium.”

Rossi eventually ended the day in sixth position, ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow who was overhauled with six laps remaining.

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MotoGP, 2013, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

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