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Rossi: “I simply didn‘t have a good enough rhythm”

Rossi: “I simply didn‘t have a good enough rhythm”

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi could not get away with the leaders and had to settle for third at the Czech GP.

Starting the race from third on the grid, Rossi slotted into fifth place, but quickly fought his way back to the front, overtaking Smith for fourth, but he lost valuable time behind Dovizioso in their battle for third place. With Andrea Iannone looming in fifth, Rossi put extra pressure on the compatriot in front of him and made the pass stick at the end of the third lap.

The Doctor put his head down to close the over two second gap to the frontrunners, but was unable to claw back the lost ground. Riding a lonely race, he focused on holding off his trailing rivals and crossed the line in third place, 10.397 seconds from the front, to make it his eleventh consecutive podium of the season.

Rossi has been knocked down to second in the standings, as despite being level on points with his teammate Lorenzo, he has only managed three wins to Lorenzo’s five.

Valentino Rossi: “This weekend Jorge always rode very fast, but at the same time I had hoped to be closer and that I was able to stay with Marc, because during the practices my pace was not so bad. Unfortunately I wasn‘t fast and strong enough and also my rhythm was quite slow. It‘s true that I had a bad start and lost time, but that was not the problem, I simply didn‘t have a good enough rhythm and that‘s a shame. I expected Brno to be difficult, because it had been difficult for the last few years, but I expected a better race, so we have to understand why and try to be stronger at the next races. It‘s unbelievable that after eleven races Jorge and I are on the same level of points. It‘s difficult, because it looks like Jorge came back very strong after the break and he is in a great shape, but we will have to keep trying.”

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MotoGP, 2015, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, RAC, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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