Double podium for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Double podium for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Sunday, 10 August 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi filled the second and third steps of the podium at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on the new revised layout.

Rossi made a blistering start from fifth on the grid to lead the opening laps, battling with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). The two Italians fought hard, eventually running wide and allowing the Spanish duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) to catch them in the lead.

A battle soon emerged between Marquez, Rossi and Lorenzo with frequent passes. The current MotoGP World Champion was eventually able to get the better of the Yamaha pair, going on to win. Lorenzo attempted to chase down his fellowSpaniard, but soon had to settle for second as a two second gap emerged.

Rossi was a comfortable third, as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) recovered from eighth on the grid to finish fourth, but never getting within four seconds of the experienced Italian. The third place finish pushes Rossi over the 4000 point mark in the premier class, becoming the first rider to reach this milestone.

“It has been a long road, but we are getting better and better. This is the closest race, other than Mugello, we have had to the front. I made a good start and that was critical. But I wasn’t strong enough on the brakes so I had to wait for other riders to make a mistake or run wide. I needed one or two tenths to catch Marquez, hopefully it will come at the next race,” said Lorenzo.

He added, “The bike was working very well and I was able to get faster and faster, once Marc attacked Valentino his pace improved. Maybe on more of a Yamaha track and a track that is better for my style we can challenge him. Brno is luckily a track that I really like and our bike works well at.”

Rossi stated, “I knew it would be difficult as Marc and Jorge were faster than me in practice. It was a good start though as I was able to lead. I tried to push to the limit to stay with Marc but he got past. I would have hoped to have a bit of a better battle with Lorenzo. But I am satisfied as this is one of my worst tracks, with no podium since 2008!”

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