Rossi triumphs as Marquez falters

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Nine times MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi, scored his first win of the 2014 season by leading home Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorezno in the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano yesterday. It was also Rossi’s first win since the Dutch TT at Assen last year, and his first home victory in nearly five years.

Having qualified third behind Lorenzo and Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, a quick starting Rossi worked his way up to second behind his teammate, who had selected a hard compound front tyre, instead of the soft, as chosen by the other front runners.

It provided to be the wrong choice as a masterful display saw Rossi easing pass the Spaniard, before getting involved in a thrilling no-holds barred passing and re-passing match with championship leader and reigning champion, Marc Marquez, who had moved passed a struggling Lorenzo from sixth on the grid.

A fantastic display of race craft sadly ended on lap 10 when Marquez lost the front of his Reposl Honda, ending his hopes of making it twelfth out of thirteen wins this season. Although he succeeded in getting going again, his eventual 15th place finish netted a single point, and also ended Honda’s 100% domination of the season after teammate, Dani Pedrosa, won the previous round at Silverstone.

Speaking after the race, a delighted Rossi said that winning at home comes as a much needed confidence booster. The win also marks his 107th career victory, 81 of which in the premier MotoGP class, and comes 18 years after his first ever victory.

"It's a really great win and with Marquez in such amazing form it's not like it happens often,"Rossi said. "It was the right moment and I took advantage of it, thanks to a Yamaha which was better than the Honda."

"Winning was the main aim of the season and I did. I knew I could do it and I continued to push and believe in it always, regardless of everything.

"I was near enough often, I kept telling myself that it would happen one day that Marquez wouldn't be at 100 percent and I had to be ready," he said.

 

CAPTION: A jubilant Valentino Rossi (centre) celebates his 107th career victory at yesterday's San Marino Grand Prix with Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo second (left) and Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa third. IMAGE sourced from www.mcnews.com.au