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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 02:44
He is the protagonist of the day, the boy of the moment, the winner of the Dutch Grand Prix MotoGP 2017, is Valentino rossi, which today put an end to his one-year and twenty-day drought without getting to the top of the podium in MotoGP. The Italian had to sweat ink to win today's race and get back into the fight for the championship.
Italian is now third in the general classification behind his teammate, Maverick Viñales, and with his victory he is only seven points behind Andrea Dovizioso who this weekend has been the leader of the championship before the summer break.
Now everything is open
Rossi came out in fourth position on the starting grid and placed third behind Marc Márquez and Johann Zarco who tried to break the group. But the Italian knew how to respond and stayed close to them until, with 16 laps remaining, he beat the Spanish and a little later the French and placed first.
“It was a great race and a great battle with Petrucci and everyone else. I'm also happy from a technical point of view, because we worked a lot on the bike and changed the chassis and now I feel like I can ride the bike more in my own way, in a better way”
With eight laps to go, the first white flags indicating that the rain was starting to fall, they forced the Italian to slow down and that led to Danilo Petrucci coming closer and passing it with five laps to go, but the Italian was not due to lose the race and one lap later he regained his head to live a heart attack finale, with bent pilots included, which decided by 0.063 seconds. "Honestly, I ride motorcycles because of this feeling: because of what I feel in the final five or six laps of the race."
The Italian places third in the general of the MotoGP World Championship with 108 points, but he himself is aware of how changing the championship is being: “Everything is open and this year we discovered that, from one track to another, the situation can change a lot. We have to wait until next week and try to be competitive at the Sachsenring as well. Now everything is open”.
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