ROSSI ENJOYS SHANGHAI BATTLE Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) fought a titanic duel for victory at Shanghai today, eventually finishing in second place to maintain second position in the World Championship points chase.
ROSSI ENJOYS SHANGHAI BATTLE
Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) fought a titanic duel for victory at Shanghai today, eventually finishing in second place to maintain second position in the World Championship points chase. The former World Champion battled back and forth with Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici) until he ran wide at the hairpin at three-quarters distance. Rossi ended the race just 3.036 seconds behind Stoner while Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC212V-Michelin) took fourth position, eight seconds off the podium.
"I'm happy, it was a good race for me because we always knew this weekend would be difficult because we miss some speed on the big straight," said Rossi who had started from pole position for the third time from four races. "But I fought like a dog, always riding at the maximum, pushing very hard on the brakes, in the corners, on the throttle, so it was fun for me. My thanks to Yamaha and Michelin for all their work for this race -- the bike and tyres were good today -- we just miss some top speed."
Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing, added: "We are quite happy because we've been reactive since the last race. Based on Valentino's comments in Turkey we are now progressing in the right direction, giving him what he needs. He was very fast and aggressive in the corners today and looked very confident in the front tyre. His best lap was only 0.027 seconds slower than Stoner's and with a little bit more top speed I think he would have had the perfect package. Dani also said his tyres worked well, he was able to overtake Marco Melandri ( Gresini Honda RC212V) and stay ahead to be top Honda, though he said maybe he could have used a little more rear grip through the lefts. Generally we are happy with today's race but of course we know we have more work to do."
Reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda Team RC212V-Michelin) finished 12th after being forced off the track during a first-lap incident. Regaining the circuit at the back of the track, the American worked his way through to finish just behind Carlos Checa (Honda LCR RC212V-Michelin) and Colin Edwards (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin).