Saturday, June 27, 2015

Valentino Rossi secures his third win of the season in a last lap battle with Marquez at the Motul TT Assen.

For the first time since Misano 2009 Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi won from pole position. The Assen circuit has always been kind to the Italian who took his 100th victory at the circuit in 2009, as the fast and flowing nature of the track suits Rossi and his Yamaha M1 machine. 
Able to lead for the majority of the race, it was on the last lap that Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) applied the most pressure to the veteran Italian. Years of experience racing at the top allowed Rossi to react perfectly to the situation, avoiding contact and keeping the throttle open as he raced across the gravel to avoid falling. Rossi leaves Assen with a ten point lead over his teammate Jorge Lorenzo in the championship.
Valentino Rossi: “It’s important to capitalize when you’re strong in a championship as close as this. I think I did a good race from the start, starting from pole is a little easier than the third row! I pushed from the beginning and had a solid pace so I think overall my first lap was great. I had good speed and saw I could put some distance between Jorge and I. Unfortunately this pace wasn’t enough to get away from Marc. I tried to push at the limit but he came with me.”
“I tried to push hard again towards the end and couldn’t shake Marc off, then I got a bit worried because I was really at the limit of myself and the bike. Marc overtook me and from behind I saw he was very fast, but I knew I could go a little faster. I did a very good penultimate lap with a good time. I saw I had a slight advantage but I couldn’t make the same time again. I hoped Marquez wouldn’t recover, but he did. I arrived in the last chicane on the limit, I entered and saw Marc’s bike try but it was too late. We touched so I had to cut the corner and I was lucky to control the bike on the gravel, it’s hard to know how deep the gravel is. I think it was a great battle as the last time we fought he won.

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