MotoGP Italy: 'Sorry' Rossi misses podium - proud of Migno, Pasini.

Valentino Rossi was denied a place on his home Mugello podium by just 1.3s in Sunday's Italian MotoGP. The Movistar Yamaha rider's participation had been thrown into doubt by last week's motocross training accident, which left him with chest and stomach injuries. But a difficult opening day was followed by a surge up the Saturday timesheets and second in qualifying, raising hopes of Rossi finally adding to his seven successive Mugello wins from 2002-2008. Rossi stuck to the script by cutting through plumes of yellow smoke from his adoring fans to snatch the lead at turn one. He then battled with former team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to keep the advantage, until current team-mate and title leader Maverick Vinales moved ahead. 
 

"I am very sorry for the podium. But from the other side, I thought on Tuesday that I would not even be able to race, so it was anyway a good race." 

Despite his podium disappointment, Rossi was buoyed by the performances of fellow Italians Andrea Migno and Mattia Pasini, who won their respective Moto3 and Moto2 races. 

Migno's win was especially emotional for Rossi since he rides for the Italian's VR46 squad and it was his very first grand prix victory. 

"Anyway, it was a great day because we are very very proud and very happy for Migno, because they make fantastic work. I was, not crying, but emotional, and I said to him, 'great congratulations, we are very proud'. It's also very important for the team," Rossi said. 

"Also we are very happy for Pasini, because he did the race that every Italian rider dreams about at night," he added, referring to Pasini's third-to-first charge on the final lap. "It's fantastic, and I'm very happy for him, he deserves it, especially after all these physical problems that he has, so he did fantastic." 

Rossi now turns his attention to next weekend's Catalunya round. 

"There are two races in a row, so it will be hard. But for sure if I continue to recover like this each day, another week is important," he said. 

Indeed, the technical side could be a bigger concern. 

"I'm a bit worried, because the asphalt in Barcelona is very bad, and the grip level is very low. And this year, in Jerez, with these conditions, we suffered with our bike. But it's very early to say. 

"Anyway, I love Barcelona, also with the new layout, so we have to try." 
 

RACE:

1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 32.126s
2. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 33.407s
3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 34.460s
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 35.811s
5. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 41m 37.928s
6. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 41m 38.011s
7. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 41m 45.331s
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 46.519s
9. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 47.006s
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 47.628s
11. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 54.130s
12. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 41m 57.078s
13. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 42m 0.286s
14. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 42m 2.802s
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 2.905s
16. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 14.432s
17. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 18.420s
18. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 22.857s
19. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 42m 22.866s
20. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 42m 23.023s
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) DNF

Riders' World Championship:

1. = Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 105 points
2. ^4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 79 points (-26) 
3. = Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 75 points (-30) 
4. = Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 68 points (-37) 
5. ˅3 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 68 points (-37) 
6. ˅1 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 64 points (-41) 

7. ^1 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 46 points (-59) 
8. ^3 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 42 points (-63) 
9. = Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 41 points (-64) 
10. ˅3 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 40 points (-65) 
11. ^1 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 30 points (-75) 
12. ˅2 Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 30 points (-75) 
13. ^3 Alvaro Bautista SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 25 points (-80) 
14. ^1 Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 21 points (-84) 
15. ˅2 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 19 points (-86) 
16. ^1 Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 18 points (-87) 
17. ˅3 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 17 points (-88) 
18. = Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 14 points (-91) 
19. = Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 9 points (-96) 
20. NA Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 7 points (-98) 
21. ˅1 Alex Rins SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 7 points (-98) 
22. ˅1 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 6 points (-99) 
23. ˅1 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 6 points (-99) 
24. ˅1 Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2 points (-103) 
25. ˅1 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1 points (-104) 

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