Rossi fights back for fifth after wrong tyre choice

Assen RAC Rossi
Saturday, 28 June 2014

A late decision on tyres had Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starting in pit lane at the Iveco Daily TT Assen.

The Italian looked set to gamble on slick tyres as the rest of the grid opted for rain tyres, deciding at the last moment to switch bikes. This forced Rossi to start from pit lane, although he quickly made his way through many of the trailing bikes.

Riders were forced to switch bikes as the track continued to dry, Rossi making his second trip to the pits. From here Rossi charged through the remaining field, eventually finishing in fifth.

Lap times from Rossi were one second faster than Aleix Espargaro’s (NGM Forward Racing) pace, but a gap of over 15 seconds was too much to recover.

Dani Pedrosa’s (Repsol Honda) third moves him to joint second in the championship with Rossi. Both riders are 72 points behind Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) who has won eight from eight races.

“You know, I took a risk because the conditions looked good but unfortunately one minute before the start it started to rain again so I had to change bike and start from last. It's a shame because if I had started with the wets I could stay in front with the top guys,” said Rossi.

He continued, “Anyway it’s something about luck today and unfortunately this time it ended like this. I’m quite satisfied with the rest of the race because I had good pace and a good feeling with the bike. Also here in Assen I was quite fast.”

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