MotoGP Germany, Rossi: Without the new frame it would have been a Waterloo.

Can you be happy with a 5th place finish? Yes, if you started out fearing the worst and you are heading into the holiday break with a gap of only 10 points behind the championship leader who, in the meantime, is now Marquez. Valentino breathes a sigh of relief at the Sachsenring and, before his thoughts turn to sunscreen and beach umbrellas, he locked himself in the garage for a very long technical meeting with the engineers.

Of one thing I am certain: without the new frame, it would have been like Waterloo here, like what happened in Jerez and Barcelona”, the Doctor says confidently.

And instead?
After a very difficult weekend, I can be pleased with a result that usually would not satisfy me. In the race it was hard. I always had someone on my pipes and I had to push from start to finish. It was one of the most tiring races I’ve ridden.”

Did you expect worse?
There was a bit of hard luck because of the breakdowns in practice that cost me some time. Luckily it did not rain and with the new bike I was able to be more competitive. I had a good pace. With a better position on the grid I would have been able to have a go at the podium.”

Other regrets?
It’s a pity that I finished behind Viñales. These would have been important points in a championship like this one, but today he was faster than I was.”

Folger, with the 2016 bike, is also ahead again…
Both Jonas and Zarco have good sensations with that M1, but above all, they are fast riders. Today Folger made the difference and he has my compliments. Naturally we need to be able to finish ahead of the satellite bikes, but if we look at the standings, Maverick and I are ahead of them.”

Before the holidays, it’s time to assess the situation. What is yours?
I am happy because I won a race and I am only 10 points behind the championship lead. I am one of the 5 riders who are contenders for the title. On the other hand, there are a lot of doubts and I am not talking just about myself but about everyone. This is a difficult situation to interpret and for this reason we need to continue working.

Are you talking about yourself or the Yamaha?
More advancements definitely need to be brought, even at the risk of making a mistake. This year it is hard to figure out which direction to go. For now I am happy because in the last two races the bike has improved.”

Marquez is ahead of the rest. What did he get right?
I think he was the one who managed to limit the damage the best in difficult moments.

Is it possible to follow strategies?
We are all on the same level and when I say all I am including Pedrosa too. My 5th today seems like a ‘calculated’ result, but I pushed to the limit. The important thing is to consistently stay there, among the best. No one knows what will happen in the next 9 races.

The Sachsenring is Marquez’s kingdom. What is your wild card?
I would like to be strong in Misano and I also know that I am fast in the three overseas rounds, but I’m not the only one. We need to think about Brno and be ready when we get there.

Source: http://gpone.com

RACE:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 40m 59.525s
2. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 41m 2.835s
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 41m 11.071s
4. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 13.778s
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 14.505s
6. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 41m 16.059s
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 19.261s
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 19.713s
9. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 41m 20.663s
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 23.735s
11. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 25.184s
12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 31.065s
13. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 41m 31.704s
14. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 41m 35.978s
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 37.296s
16. Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 41m 37.377s
17. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 41m 38.848s
18. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 40.715s
19. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 41m 59.375s
20. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 42m 1.189s
21. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 42m 1.220s
Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) DSQ

Riders' World Championship:

1. ^2 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 129 points
2. ˅1 Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 124 points (-5) 
3. ˅1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 123 points (-6) 
4. ^1 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 119 points (-10) 
5. ˅1 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 103 points (-26) 
6. = Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 84 points (-45) 

7. ^1 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 71 points (-58) 
8. ^2 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 66 points (-63) 
9. ˅2 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 65 points (-64) 
10. ˅1 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 64 points (-65) 
11. = Alvaro Bautista SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 44 points (-85) 
12. ^1 Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41 points (-88) 
13. ˅1 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 33 points (-96) 
14. ^4 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 32 points (-97) 
15. ˅1 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 31 points (-98) 
16. ˅1 Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 28 points (-101) 
17. = Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 23 points (-106) 
18. ˅2 Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 21 points (-108) 
19. = Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 20 points (-109) 
20. ^2 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 14 points (-115) 
21. ^2 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 8 points (-121) 
22. ˅1 Alex Rins SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 7 points (-122) 
23. ˅3 Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 7 points (-122) 
24. = Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2 points (-127) 
25. = Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1 points (-128) 

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