MotoGP Argentina, Rossi: how far am I from the win? ask Vinales.

We shouldn't be surprised any more, Valentino is Sunday man, or race man if you prefer. After his 350th Grand Prix, he reached the podium for the 223rd time, having toughed it further down the field during practice, only to place among the best once the green line gave way to the only moment of the weekend that really counts.

“It's not magic, we work like this - he smiles after opening his umpteenth bottle of champagne- I get there step by step, there are many riders who make a fast lap in practice but I'm always thinking ahead to the race. From my position it may have seemed I was far back compared to Qatar but I actually had constant pace”.

The test, as ever, was the race.

“And it was a much better race than Losail, where I struggled more- he points out -Today I rode better and felt more physically in shape, I started well and was able to be fast right to the end”.

He makes it sound easy, but in reality a great deal of work went into this 2nd place finish.

“It's a question of set-up and riding- he continues - In the sense that I like to understand what I need for the race, find the right lines and perhaps it takes me a little longer than others. You shouldn't be fooled by practice, I was closer here and we focused on pace. In the warm up we carried out an important test."

And it shows.

“As happened in Qatar, we didn't do well here on Saturday but once we'd sorted the bike's balance, we took a big step in terms of braking- says Rossi - After practice I knew I'd have to fight with Crutchlow, but in following him I realised I had more. Maverick was quicker though, I don't think I could have caught him even if I'd passed Cal earlier”.

Third in Qatar, second in Argentina: you're working up an appetite….

“To know how far I am from the win, you need to ask Maverick - he jokes - He had a perfect winter and has been perfect in these first two races, he was clearly the fastest, but I'll try”.

it remains to be seen whether the improvement at Termas de Rio Hondo will also be a useful base at Austin.

“In reality, after Qatar I thought we'd start better here, I hoped to be immediately in the top 5 or 6, so out of superstition I'm not saying anything. But, if I have to choose a day on which to be fast, Sunday seems like the best day” he laughs.

Morale is high ahead of the next race.

“I had a disastrous winter, but over my long career I've learned never to give up - he states- In the end, I have more points than last year and have completed two better races. Austin has always been a tough one for me, but I like the track. Last year I had the pace to stick with Marquez but I crashed, this time I want to run a good race”.

Source: http://gpone.com

RACE:

1. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 45.060s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 47.975s
3. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 48.814s
4. Alvaro Bautista ESP Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 41m 51.583s
5. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 42m 0.564s
6. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 42m 3.301s
7. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 42m 5.106s
8. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 42m 10.540s
9. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 10.725s
10. Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 11.463s
11. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 12.012s
12. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 26.935s
13. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 42m 27.830s
14. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 42m 28.145s
15. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 42m 28.512s
16. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 31.279s
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF
Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* DNF
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) DNF

Riders' World Championship::

1. Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 50 points
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 36 points (-14) 
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 20 points (-30) 
4. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 17 points (-33) 
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 16 points (-34) 
6. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 16 points (-34) 

7. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 15 points (-35) 
8. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 13 points (-37) 
9. Alvaro Bautista SPA Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 13 points (-37) 
10. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 11 points (-39) 
11. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 11 points (-39) 
12. Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 10 points (-40) 
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 9 points (-41) 
14. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 9 points (-41) 
15. Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 8 points (-42) 
16. Alex Rins SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 7 points (-43) 
17. Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 6 points (-44) 
18. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 5 points (-45) 
19. Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 5 points (-45) 
20. Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2 points (-48) 
21. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1 points (-49) 

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