The Doctor (AKA Valentino Rossi) has managed to make his Movistar Yamaha team to acquire two podium positions on the very start of the MotoGP 2017 season.
The 9-times MotoGP champion delivered a really good show on the Losail International Circuit; he exceeded the expectations of many riders including his new teammate, Maverik Vinales.
An Outstanding Performance Regardless the Harsh Conditions.
Even though the Italian racer didn’t get his best kick-off start for the race, yet he finished in 3rd place. Qualifying was canceled due to inappropriate weather conditions. This meant that Valentino would start from the front of the fourth row in 10th, as grid positions were determined according to Free Practice results.
Some Real Action on the Circuit.
Rain showers made a lot of racers question whether the race should be on or not. However, this was not the case with Rossi. Actually, he gained three positions moving to the 7th position and tailgating Dani Pedrosa from the Repsol Honda Team that he eventually overtook after several unsuccessful attempts.
Things Started to Get A Little More Steamy.
Johann Zacro’s lead for seven laps ended with an unfortunate crash, allowing Andrea Dovizioso (from the Ducati Team ) to take the first place. Marc Marquez was on the tails of Andrea and keeping Adrea Lannone off his own.
The Italian racer (talking about Andrea this time) just couldn’t leave Marc on his own. He came in contact with Marc Marquez’s rear wheel and he crashed out on the 11th lap. This made Valentino Rossi in 4th place.
Our All Time Favorite Part.
Yes, we are talking about the Valentino-Marc battle for third place. Don’t we all just stay stranded to our couches when these two battle on circuits and watch them in anxiety? This battle may not be one of their bests, yet it was satisfying for sure, and it ended with Valentino Rossi stealing the third position from the 2016 MotoGP champion.
Movistar Yamaha Harvest Two Positions.
1st and 3rd places, where the 1st place was achieved by Vinales, 2nd by Dovizioso and 3rd by Valentino. That’s definitely a great start for both Movistar Yamaha in general and Valentino in specific, leaving the Italian racer with 16 championship points at the very start of the season.
Will he be able to maintain this output in Argentina? We guess we’ll find out soon.
How Valentino Sees his Success?
The Doctor gave a lot of credit to the Movistar Yamaha team. He said that their continuous support and never giving up were the main keys to their success.
Also, he added that it’s a really good start for the team during this season to end on the podium. Things haven’t been smooth lately, and this win gave them the desired boost for the new season.
In case you missed the race, feel free to check some of the main highlights of the Qatar 2017 MotoGP race.
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It seems that Valentino’s morality is high after this win, but will it last to make him win the 10-times MotoGP champion?