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2017 Grand Prix of Americas in Austin Texas

Rossi back on top of the world

Apr 242017

Valentino Rossi stretched his MotoGP podium run to three from three in 2017 and by treading the second step of the box at COTA in Austin, Texas for the Grand Prix of Americas assumed control of the FIM World Championship standings to the tune of 6 points over teammate Maverick Viñales. Just before his feat, the most decorated rider in the sport was able to watch his VR46 Academy recruit and EG 0,0 Marc VDS star Franco Morbidelli extend his victorious streak in Moto2.

“I‘m so happy, because today I wasn‘t so far from the front and it‘s also the best result of my career at this track, so it‘s good,” he smiled. “When I saw ’Viñales out‘ I started to think: ‘I‘m on top of the championship standings’. I felt good and I also saw Dani having some problems, especially on the right, so I said: “maybe those four points are important” and in fact it was like that.”


“This is a great moment for me and the team, we are in fantastic shape for the championship and I hope we can continue in this way,” Franco said. “It was a nice battle with Álex…but I messed around too much and then I saw 0.5s to Lüthi so I decided to push all the way to the finish…and just went for the win.”


After leaping around the continents, MotoGP will prime the paddock space for circuits around Europe for the forthcoming months. First on the schedule is the Grand Prix of España at Jerez on May 7th.