autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
MOTOGP NEWS 

First podium with Ducati delights Rossi

Valentino Rossi celebrates third at Le MansValentino Rossi said his first podium finish in Ducati colours was particularly satisfying because he had had such a tough start to his career with the Italian firm.

Having struggled so far this season both with fitness following his 2010 shoulder issues and to adapt to the Desmosedici, Rossi came through from ninth on the grid to finish third at Le Mans today, narrowly missing out on second after a dice with Andrea Dovizioso.

"I'm so happy - the first podium with Ducati is a great emotion, especially because I arrived there after a difficult period when we were struggling a lot with my physical condition, and also to understand the bike more," he said.

"But it's becoming better and better, and the race today was very, very fun. I did quite a good start, some overtaking, and I hooked my bike to Dovi and [Jorge] Lorenzo. We had a different setting and I was faster than the rest of the weekend.

"At the end it was great, because I did some good laps to go with Jorge and I was able to overtake him. But then Dovi arrived, so another battle with him.

"We are going in a good way but still in some places we lose a bit too much. When I tried to overtake Dovi I thought it was the last lap, but we had another one - I wasn't sure. But anyway it was difficult and congratulations to Dovi."

Rossi was jubilant on the podium and admitted that the feeling was almost as good as a win.

"This third place is not like a victory, but similar," he said.

Daytona Competition
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Full MotoGP coverage on autosport.com
Read Toby Moody's latest 'Out of the box' column
  RELATED STORIES
Lorenzo: Warm-up crash hurt race
De Puniet, Stoner resolve differences
Pedrosa furious over 'unfair' incident
Rossi: Simoncelli 'too hard this time'
Simoncelli: Penalty was undeserved
Dovizioso keen to improve further
Stoner happy to close points gap
Pedrosa breaks collarbone in tangle
Stoner leaves action behind in France
Stoner fined for warm-up clash
Haymarket