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As a result of having ridden in the premier class since 2000, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has raced in almost ever condition that Mother Nature can think of. When the rain came before the start of the Motul TT Assen, ‘The Doctor’ was unconcerned having seen it all before. He made a great start to the race and immediately took the lead, only conceding a place to Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) who had far less to lose than Rossi and was more willing to push. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) would soon slip past as well, Rossi then deciding it was time to push. But just as he was picking up his pace the red flag was waved due to monsoon-like conditions.
Rossi crashes out of lead in restarted race
This meant the race was restarted as a 12-lap dash, Rossi making another good start and opening up a two second lead before long. On lap three of the restart Rossi fell victim to the conditions, coming off and ending his race in the gravel. Try as he might, his M1 was in no condition to restart the race and he walked away. Rossi leaves Assen 42 points back on Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and 18 points behind his teammate Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). This is Rossi’s first season with three DNFs since 2011 when he failed to finish the final three races while on the Ducati. Rossi has never finished higher than second in the championship in a reason with three DNFs.
Valentino Rossi: “It’s a great shame considering our great level of speed and competitiveness this weekend with our bike at this track. We could have gotten some important points for the championship after a difficult weekend and we could have taken second place in the championship over Lorenzo, but unfortunately I made a mistake. In the second half I pushed too much while I already had a good advantage. On that lap I was trying to push to understand my level. In the second part of the race we started with a soft rear, which provides very good grip, but unfortunately I entered turn ten too fast. I think we had a good chance today, but with my mistake I threw away a lot of points. The distance, especially to Marquez, is quite big, but we need to continue working hard like this and try to be competitive also next time.”
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