Rossi thrilled to make up for Indy crash

Valentino Rossi said his Misano win was particularly special because it erased the unhappy memories of his crash in last weekend's Indianapolis Grand Prix

Rossi thrilled to make up for Indy crash

The world champion wore a special donkey liveried helmet at Misano to mock himself for his fall while running second to Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in America, an error Rossi castigated himself for making as he felt he should have settled for a podium finish given his big points lead.

Before the San Marino Grand Prix weekend the Italian had warned that he did not expect to be as quick as Lorenzo and Honda's Dani Pedrosa around the Misano track so would settle for a top three position, but when the event began he proved dominant - topping every practice session, taking pole and winning the race comfortably.

"I'm so happy, this victory is more important than normal because it comes after a bad mistake at Indianapolis just seven days ago," said Rossi, "and especially because me and my team did a great job from Friday afternoon.

"It was a perfect weekend - always very fast in all the practice sessions."

The only blip in Rossi's commanding weekend came at the start, when he was beaten into the first corner by Pedrosa and Toni Elias, and then lost out to Lorenzo shortly afterwards. But he was able to re-pass all three and go on to win.

"I hoped to make a better start and try to go in front, but unfortunately Dani overtook me, and also Toni, at the first corner, and also Jorge at the end of the first lap," said Rossi.

"So I was fourth, and I was a little bit in trouble. With a lot of fuel I was not 100 per cent confident. So I decided to take my rhythm, to put the right temperature in the tyres, and then to start to push.

"It was a great race, great battles with Jorge, Toni and with Dani. When I got in front I always controlled the gap behind, and I saw at one moment in the race Jorge overtaking Dani. But I thought I had three or four corners where today I was very fast. So I tried to use my advantage to the maximum."

shares
comments
De Angelis apologises for first lap error
Previous article

De Angelis apologises for first lap error

Next article

Lorenzo expected Rossi to dominate

Lorenzo expected Rossi to dominate
Load comments
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Plus

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Plus

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Plus

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Plus

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence Plus

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021
The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Plus

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

MotoGP
Nov 2, 2021
The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano Plus

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Plus

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021