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Rossi: “The last wet race that I won was ten years ago!"

Rossi: “The last wet race that I won was ten years ago!'

A dramatic Octo British Grand Prix saw Valentino Rossi come out on top as his championship rivals struggle.

In classically British fashion, Sunday’s British GP saw rain fall at the historical track. Conditions had initially looked good, but increasing rain on the grid saw the entire MotoGP™ field dive for the pits after their formation lap, forcing the red flag to be brought out and the race restarted. Rain continued to beat down as the MotoGP™ riders set off and the Italian was able to make a solid start and soon broke away with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) as Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo struggled.

Marquez appeared to be gaining on Rossi but fell as he exited Turn 1, leaving Rossi to ride a lonely race. On the screens dotting the Silverstone circuit Rossi spied a replay of Marquez’s crash and eased his pace, but quickly found fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) gaining quickly. The last laps saw Rossi improve his pace to secure his fourth win of 2015 and regain the points lead. This victory puts him 12 points clear of Lorenzo in the MotoGP™ World Championship; the Spaniard is now Rossi’s only title concern as a result of Marquez’s fall. The MotoGP™ paddock next heads to Misano, Rossi’s home round where he’ll no doubt put on another master class for his fans.

Valentino Rossi: “I‘m very happy and proud of this victory, it‘s a great feeling! I think that the last race on the wet that I won was ten years ago. This morning I woke up feeling good, but my team also did a great job and my bike was fantastic already from the first lap of the warm up. I felt great and got more feeling and positive things from the bike, so I knew I could be competitive in the race. I fought a lot with Marc, which was very difficult. I kept trying to break away but he stayed with me. I saw that Marc crashed on the mega screen and I didn‘t hear noise of his bike, so I already thought that maybe something had happened. After he crashed I slowed down, because I thought I had enough of an advantage but in reality Danilo wasn‘t so far, so I had to recover my concentration and start to push, because if I didn‘t he would catch me. This is my fourth victory of the season, so I‘m very happy and it‘s important for the championship. Today I was very fast, I had great confidence with the bike and it‘s a fantastic victory at Silverstone, where I never won before, this is the first time!”

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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