MotoGP Czech Republic: Rossi: I wasn't brave enough like Cal!

Valentino Rossi was relieved his decision to run the hard rear tyre at Brno paid off, even if the Movistar Yamaha rider was a little rueful that he chose the soft Michelin front. British rider Cal Crutchlow made the perfect choice as he opted for hard tyres front and rear, pulling clear in the finals laps to win by over seven seconds from Rossi. The Italian star has climbed to second place in the championship ahead of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and closed the gap slightly to leader Marc Marquez to 53 points, who finished third on the Repsol Honda. 

“I did the warm-up lap before I arrived on the grid and the conditions were very different compared to this morning, when there was a lot more water,” Rossi said. 

“We said, 'what do we do – we put the hard?’ We spoke also a lot with Pascal from Michelin and also on the grid was a little bit of confusion because everybody looks at the other bikes for understand the tyre choice. 

“It was a risk but in the end we tried, but unfortunately we did not also put the hard on the front because this morning I had not a very good feeling with the soft, so I was not brave enough like Cal,” he added. 

“The first laps were a nightmare, I was desperate and I said 'I did a mistake another time'. Everybody overtook me from the outside, from the inside – it was difficult. At one point I understand that maybe today it would dry enough to affect the race and from that moment I understand that maybe my choice was better. Also, Cal overtook me and I saw him very fast and I know that he had the hard, so I just tried to ride well and not make any mistakes.” 

Rossi was languishing in around 12th place during the beginning of the race but he soon realised that his decision to run the hard rear had proven correct. 

“On the grid I think we have a big chance to have another flag to flag race. I think that with the soft on the rear, today with our bike after four or five laps we lose too much. So I say if after four or five laps we it is still not dry enough, what do we do? 

“So maybe I have to suffer a little bit in the beginning but after I understand that I have more time for to fight to the flag and this was the decision,” he said. 

“In fact, today with the Yamaha – I was also with Pol [Espargaro] and with [Bradley] Smith – who were with the soft tyre and already after four or five laps, they suffer very much, so in the end it was the right choice.” 

With Lorenzo finishing outside the points and Marquez also crossing the line behind him in third, Rossi came off best of the main title protagonists at Brno and the 37-year-old was delighted to return to the rostrum once again. 

“First of all it is very important because I wasn't on the podium after the victory in Barcelona and it is a long time ago and I start to be a little bit sad. After Barcelona I was in some races where I was competitive but I was unlucky and I made too many mistakes: we lose a lot of points and I lose the possibility to win and to arrive on the podium, so this result is very important to me and all the team. 

“Also these 20 points are important for the championship because especially in the fight with Lorenzo I gained a lot of points and now I am second.” 

Source: http://www.crash.net

RACE:

1. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 47m 44.290s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 47m 51.588s
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 47m 53.877s
4. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 47m 56.848s
5. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 47m 57.383s
6. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 47m 58.102s
7. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 48m 7.704s
8. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 48m 8.852s
9. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 48m 8.871s
10. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 48m 21.421s
11. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 48m 24.201s
12. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 48m 25.387s
13. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 48m 27.492s
14. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 48m 29.977s
15. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 48m 46.491s
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 49m 3.131s
17. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) +1 lap
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF

Riders' World Championship:

1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 197 points
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 144 points (-53) 
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 138 points (-59) 
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 109 points (-88) 
5. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 100 points (-97) 
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 96 points (-101) 
7. Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 81 points (-116) 
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 79 points (-118) 
9. Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 76 points (-121) 
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 66 points (-131) 
11. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 63 points (-134) 
12. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 54 points (-143) 
13. Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 51 points (-146) 
14. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42 points (-155) 
15. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 42 points (-155) 
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 39 points (-158) 
17. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 38 points (-159) 
18. Alvaro Bautista SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 35 points (-162) 
19. Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 26 points (-171) 
20. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 24 points (-173) 
21. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 23 points (-174) 
22. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 8 points (-189) 

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