Rossi delights fans with return to front row

rossi back in front row
Saturday, 13 July 2013

Valentino Rossi enjoys massive support wherever he rides and a huge Sachsenring crowd will enjoy seeing him get away from the front row on Sunday, for the first time since 2010.

Rossi grabbed third place on the grid and indeed it has been nearly 1,000 days (988) since his last front row start, which came at the Portuguese Grand Prix of 2010 - when he went on to finish second in the race. After his Assen victory Rossi will aim for better in Sunday’s race, having also shown good free practice pace at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland to top the timesheet in FP4.

‘The Doctor’ will aim to seize the opportunity for another victory in the absence of injured Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Jorge Lorenzo and with Dani Pedrosa’s race participation as yet unconfirmed due to his FP3 highside.

“I’m very happy,” he commented, “from one side not a lot because the first position was very close, but the target was to come back to the front row and I was able to. I was able to do it in a good way because I did a good lap riding well and also my gap to pole position is very close, which is very important.”

The nine-time World Champion added: “I feel good with the bike. I have a good setting and I have quite a good pace also. Now we have to put everything together for tomorrow and try to slide the rear a bit less. I am a bit worried about the second part of the race; that will be very hard for everybody. If we want to stay with Marc, we have to make a small improvement for tomorrow.”

Rossi has celebrated five career victories at the Sachsenring since 1999.

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