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Rossi rounds off “problematic weekend” with sixth

Rossi rounds off “problematic weekend” with sixth

The reigning World Champion battled issues with his shoulder and bike throughout the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón.

Valentino Rossi concluded his Aragón weekend with sixth place on Sunday following what the Italian described as a “very difficult” race. The Fiat Yamaha rider had to contend with his troublesome shoulder and set-up issues on his M1 machine which made the task of pushing for a better result even harder.

"This was a very difficult race for us; we had a lot of problems all weekend and I was very slow today,” commented Rossi, who started from seventh on the grid. “I had to try to arrive to the end but I couldn't do better than sixth.”

He continued: “All the Yamahas have suffered here but my shoulder problems made it even worse for me and this, combined with the problems with our package at this track, made it extra hard. We're very sad this afternoon and we hope for better in Japan."

Jeremy Burgess, Rossi’s crew chief, gave a similar breakdown of the weekend and stated: "We ran into troubles from the start here and unfortunately we couldn't find a way to put a competitive package together.”

“Valentino's shoulder is causing him problems too and this, together with the set-up issues, meant we couldn't finish any higher up the order today. We're disappointed but we have some ideas and we hope for a better weekend in Japan."

Combined with team-mate Jorge Lorenzo’s fourth-placed finish the Aragón weekend brought to an end an impressive run of 47 consecutive podiums for Yamaha, with the Japanese factory having had at least one of its riders on the podium at every race since Valencia 2007 until Sunday.

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO A-STYLE DE ARAGON, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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