Assen, 2016: Pearls from the riders


Every single MOTOGP race we heard some pearls from the racers. Most of them came after some crash, or meetings or in the backstage, paddocks… Excuses for a  mistake or bad behavior. Most of them are the truth.

Assen: A rainy race can always bring more excitement to the MotoGP fan’s face, eager to see what the unpredictable conditions could produce.

Some riders can handle it better, some not:  Anthony West, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Chris Vermeulen all them have a reputation for flying when it’s wet, including Rossi. Other riders, such as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), have the exact opposite reaction, the wet conditions give them an extra challenge that they don’t need.

Valentino Rossi should have finished the race to keep his numbers better, avowing the DNF, but unfortunately, he couldn’t. The wet track caught him really bad.  As a result of having ridden in the premier class since 2000, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has raced in almost ever condition that Mother Nature can think of. When the rain came before the start of the Motul TT Assen, ‘The Doctor’ was unconcerned having seen it all before. He made a great start to the race and immediately took the lead, only conceding a place to Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) who had far less to lose than Rossi and was more willing to push.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) would soon slip past as well, Rossi then deciding it was time to push. But just as he was picking up his pace the red flag was waved due to monsoon-like conditions.

“In the first part of the race I felt good, I had good pace, so for the second part we put the soft tyre on the rear and I felt even better. I did a mistake, I was too fast, I pushed too hard, it was too much. Because I could open the throttle earlier [than in the first part of the race], I arrived to Turn 10 and braked in the same point but I arrived 4-5km/h faster and I lost the front.

“It was a stupid mistake unfortunately and I’m very sorry for all the team, for me and for all the guys because today we could win because we had an advantage compared to the others. It was very easy to make a mistake, in fact a lot of riders that pushed 100% made mistakes, but I’m very sorry especially about the championship.”

“I’m very sorry that we couldn’t make up points, especially on Lorenzo, who was in difficulty this weekend, and also against Marquez.  This DNF is for a problem for championship, especially because of the zero for the engine in Mugello. Now the advantage of Marquez is quite big. But it’s not finished until it’s finished, and the championship is very long. Now we have to try and be competitive every weekend, and we’ll see.”- Valentino Rossi


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