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