Valentino Rossi Scores Podium in Virtual MotoGP Race #42020-05-19 09:53
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi scored his first Virtual MotoGP podium in Round 4, taking third place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Maverick Viñales was unable to defend his P1-status from the Spanish Virtual GP but still managed to cross the finish line in sixth place.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi was proud to claim third place in only his second Virtual MotoGP race. This edition, staged at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, was less successful for Maverick Viñales. Multiple crashes ended his chance to add another podium result to his name, but he managed to finish in sixth place.
Rossi started the race from fifth, sandwiched between team-mate Viñales and Marc Marquez. He lost some time due to a race incident in the opening lap, but thanks to some earlier practice with the MotoGP20 game, The Doctor showed off his fresh skills by riding a mostly faultless race. He fought his way up from eighth to fourth place and stalked the leading three riders. When Fabio Quartararo crashed in front of him, the Misano hero was there to snatch up third place and finish 4.687s from first.
Viñales started from fourth place with a clear view of the top 3, but his hopes of battling at the front were soon taken away from him. He got involved in a typical Virtual MotoGP multiple-rider crash in the first corner, and it took him a bit of time to get into the rhythm. Despite suffering further crashes in the early laps, which put him in eleventh position with a 4.718s gap, he pushed as hard as he could and gradually picked up places to still secure sixth over the line, 0.566s behind the rider in fifth place and 14.313s from the lead.
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I‘m happy to have taken part in the Virtual MotoGP Misano race. I trained a little bit more and I think the new 2020 MotoGP game is very cool. I was fast enough this time and qualifying went well. I started from the middle of the second row, in between Maverick and Marc Marquez. The race was good. Unfortunately, I crashed on the first lap but then I managed to keep a good rhythm and move up the order. I came up to fourth place and I was not far from the front in the last three laps. Then Quartararo crashed and I managed to get on the podium. I‘m very happy to take third because it was my virtual home race! I‘m happy for the team and the fans too!
My race didn‘t go well. I qualified in fourth place, which wasn‘t bad, but I crashed already in the first corner and then many more times during the race. This time I couldn‘t train, and this caused that result. It‘s disappointing, because I wanted to fight at the front again. For sure I will train for the next round and come back stronger!
RESULTS - VIRTUAL MOTOGP RACE #4
Pos Rider Time Best Lap
1. Alex Marquez
(SPA) - Honda 13:30.548 1:28.457
2. Marc Marquez (SPA) - Honda +0.725 1:28.659
3. Valentino Rossi
(ITA) - Yamaha +4.687 1:28.851
4. Fabio Quartararo (FRA) - Yamaha +4.950 1:27.668
5. Joan Mir (SPA) - Suzuki +13.747 1:29.368
6. Maverick Viñales
(SPA) - Yamaha +14.313 1:28.858
7. Francesco Bagnaia
(ITA) - Ducati +19.335 1:28.858
8. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN) - Honda +23.514 1:28.544
9. Lorenzo Savadori
(ITA) - Aprilia +25.417 1:29.728
10. Tito Rabat
(SPA) - Ducati +31.909 1:29.932
11. Michele Pirro
(SPA) - Ducati +48.450 1:32.102
Source: Yamaha Motor Racing
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