Rossi: ‘Sec­ond is a good re­sult and I’m happy’

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Valentino Rossi achieved one of the key goals of his week­end at the Malaysian Grand Prix by hold­ing off team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in Sun­dayõs race to ce­ment sec­ond place in the 2016 Mo­togp cham­pi­onship.

With 24 points sep­a­rat­ing the pair go­ing into the week­end, Rossi only needed to fin­ish ahead of his Movistar Yamaha team­mate to se­cure the No2 spot Ð some­thing that he was able to do with ease, even if he could­nõt chal­lenge Du­catiõs An­drea Dovizioso for the win.

Rossi said: ÒAT the end, sec­ond is a good re­sult and IÕM quite happy. When you have the chance to close th­ese things, you have to try Ð I could have made a mis­take and left the gap at only four points in Va­len­cia, at a track where Jorge is al­ways very fast.

Òse­cur­ing sec­ond place in the cham­pi­onship is im­por­tant and the bat­tle with Lorenzo is al­ways very in­tense. When you beat a strong rider, like Jorge, itõs great and all in all it has been a good sea­son.ó

How­ever, while Rossi was able to hold off his team-mate for the cham­pi­onship place, he had no an­swers to the dom­i­nant Dovizioso, some­thing com­pounded by a series of prob­lems of his own.

ÒI felt good from the first lap, but af­ter the hard, hard fight with Ian­none in the open­ing laps I was­nõt able to stay in front. I wanted to get away from him, in part be­cause my gloves were so wet that I could­nõt keep the throt­tle fully open! But ev­ery time I passed him he over­took me back again.

ÒI even­tu­ally got past him and was op­ti­mistic, but as the track dried out I started to suf­fer more with the tyres, es­pe­cially the front. I made a small mis­take, but I did­nõt have the pace of An­drea and there was no way I was go­ing to catch him.ó

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