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15 days ago
By BT Sport

Assen 2013 one of Rossi's "most important victories"

During Sunday's episode of 'The Greatest Years', nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi reflected on his win at the 2013 Dutch TT

BT Sport once again treated British MotoGP™ fans on Sunday when 'The Greatest Years' took a trip down memory lane to the chase for the 2013 premier class title. The year famous for Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez becoming the first rookie MotoGP™ World Champion also saw Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) returning to Yamaha and returning to the top step of the podium.

After two difficult years with Ducati, a period that the Italian says almost caused him to bring his career to an end, the nine-time World Champion finally stood on the top step of the podium at the 2013 Dutch TT. A first win since Malaysia 2010, Rossi describes it as "one of the most important" of his illustrious career - a career that has included 114 other wins.

"It was very special because it was a long, long time from my last victory," said The Doctor. "I think the last one was Malaysia 2010 and then I moved to Ducati for two years, which were difficult seasons with no victories. So, to come back in 2013 with a victory, after more than two years was a great, great feeling. It was one of my most important victories in my career.

"Unfortunately, it was very difficult at Ducati. Especially at the beginning of 2012, we had a lot of expectations because 2011 was quite bad. In 2012, we had a new bike so we hoped we could be more competitive but unfortunately, it was also very difficult. Honestly, at that moment I thought a lot about stopping especially because at the beginning Yamaha said they didn’t have a bike for me. So, that moment was very tough in my career because I think if I didn’t have the chance to go back to Yamaha, I think I could’ve stopped and finished my career."

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