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Sunday, September 27, 2015

I give the maximum

Valentino Rossi narrowly misses second at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon after a race long battle with old rival Dani Pedrosa.
The Aragon GP produced an explosive race for Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, ‘The Doctor’ fighting his way through the field from sixth on the grid. Two blisteringly quick opening laps allowed fellow Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo to break away with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez as Rossi tried to wrestle past the likes of Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Dani Pedrosa. As Marquez crashed out of the race on just the second lap, the emerging battle between Rossi and Pedrosa became even more critical for the Italian as he sought to limit the damage to his World Championship lead.
Lap after lap Rossi stalked the Repsol Honda, in the closing stages he began to attempt to push past, but Pedrosa countered him each time, the roar of the crowd filling the desert air around Aragon. It came down to the last lap, Rossi performing a last ditch pass onto the back straight, but Pedrosa had the better top end speed and was able to snatch second from Rossi. With Lorenzo taking victory and Rossi third, he remains 14 points ahead as the MotoGP™ World Championship moves to the three flyaway rounds before the season draws to an end in Valencia. 100 points up for grabs, it's still all to play for.
Valentino Rossi: “I try everything, I give the maximum, because for sure it is important to arrive second and lose just the five points to Jorge, but at the end Dani today was very strong. I tried everything, but in the end he arrived in front of me. On the other hand I am happy about the race. First of all because it was very fun, and secondly because I was competitive, I was strong in the race and it was the best race of my career in Aragon, for sure, this circuit is always difficult. But now we have to look forward and try to do better. I stayed behind Dani because in the beginning it was very difficult to overtake and I didn't have enough pace to stay in front. So I had to fight for everything in the last lap. I tried to overtake where I saw I was strong, but already from the first overtake I saw that Dani today was very strong, because he always came back.”
“I tried to concentrate and stay on the line at entry every time, but on the last lap we touched at one time and I went over the curb, so at that moment I had just to try all or nothing, you know. In the chicane I tried without thinking, but he was able to cross the line somehow. Now we go to Motegi, it is a track that I like, where also last year I did a very good race. But Jorge last year was stronger than me and he was able to win. For this reason we have to try the maximum, the difference is just fourteen points and it will be very difficult, because the advantage is so small. We have to give the maximum, because we are competitive.”

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