MotoGP Valencia: Rossi: Stupid to forget Lorenzo, Ducati for 2017 title.

Valentino Rossi isn't underestimating the challenge that former MotoGP team-mate Jorge Lorenzo will provide at Ducati next season. Lorenzo finished his Yamaha career with a dominant victory at Valencia on Sunday, ending a ten-race win drought for the M1. Rossi meanwhile experienced the strengths of the Ducati at first hand, when Andrea Iannone repeatedly blasted by him on the main straight and ultimately won their duel for third. So is Rossi concerned about the combination of Lorenzo and Ducati? 


"The Ducati is a very different bike. It has some weak points compared with us, but in the straight it is very fast. I'm 100% sure if you forget about Lorenzo with the Ducati for the 2017 championship battle you are very stupid, because I think that he can be very competitive." 


Rossi famously failed to win on the Ducati in 2011 and 2012, but feels Lorenzo won't have a problem settling in after spending all nine of his premier-class seasons with Yamaha 

"First of all, I think the atmosphere in Ducati now is a bit different [to when Rossi was there], because it has changed a lot inside," Rossi said. "But I think that Jorge [will] feel good. 

"Sincerely also when I race for Ducati I feel okay with all the people inside, with all the guys that work with me. Unfortunately we are not able to improve the bike and arrive at the right result. But for the rest is good. 

"It's true also that our [Yamaha] team, the atmosphere is very good. Is very familiar. And I think that we work always in the right way. And the Japanese put always the rider at the top and try to fix all the small problems. But I think also in Ducati, for Lorenzo, is okay." 

Rossi was happy to admit that the 7.7s gap to Lorenzo on Sunday was mainly down to the #99 riding better at the Spanish circuit. 

"Jorge in this race track rides better than me and is faster," he declared. "I think at the end most of [the time difference] is that. 

"I suffer a lot with the front tyre. I want to try to race with the hard but unfortunately I didn't have enough grip on the left. But today with a bit more temperature I suffer a bit with the soft. But especially I think that Lorenzo here is faster." 

Rossi beat Lorenzo to the runner-up position in the world championship, behind Marc Marquez, by 16 points. 
 

RACE:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 45m 54.228s
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 55.413s
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 46m 0.831s
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 46m 1.896s
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 4.838s
6. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 46m 12.606s
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 46m 12.645s
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 12.906s
9. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 46m 20.221s
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 29.293s
11. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 30.653s
12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 36.643s
13. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 44.051s
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 46.263s
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 49.853s
16. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 52.482s
17. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 46m 52.783s
18. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 47m 0.392s
Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF 

Riders' World Championship:

1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 298 points
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 249 points (-49) 
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 233 points (-65) 
4. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 202 points (-96) 
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 171 points (-127) 
6. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 155 points (-143) 
7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 141 points (-157) 
8. Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 134 points (-164) 
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 112 points (-186) 
10. Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 102 points (-196) 
11. Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 93 points (-205) 
12. Alvaro Bautista SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 82 points (-216) 
13. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 77 points (-221) 
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 75 points (-223) 
15. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 74 points (-224) 
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 63 points (-235) 
17. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 62 points (-236) 
18. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 57 points (-241) 
19. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici GP) 36 points (-262) 
20. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 35 points (-263) 
21. Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 29 points (-269) 
22. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 20 points (-278) 
23. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 5 points (-293) 
24. Alex Lowes GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 3 points (-295) 
25. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1 points (-297) 
26. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1 points (-297) 
27. Mike Jones AUS Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1 points (-297) 
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