Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Cruise to Second and Fourth Place at COTA

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Cruise to Second and Fourth Place at COTA

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Blistering sunshine at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), with blue sky as far as the eye could see, was an omen for a faultless race by Movistar Yamaha's MotoGP team. The pair had a rather lonely ride at the Grand Prix of The Americas, securing second and fourth place respectively.

Rossi speeded to the first corner from P5 on the grid, but with all riders squeezing through the tight left-hander, he was pushed back a position. He soon reclaimed fifth place though, as he passed Johann Zarco in the first lap in turn 12. The next lap he also picked off Cal Crutchlow, so he was directly behind Viñales.

As his teammate passed Iannone at the start of lap 6, the Doctor pressed to do the same. He was looking threatening behind his compatriot but couldn't quite manoeuvre his bike into third position. As his tyres started to lose grip, Rossi lost touch with the fellow Italian. For the remainder of the race he clocked high 2'05s and low 2'06s laps in a lonely ride and finished taking the chequered flag in fourth place, 9.587s from first.

Today's race results see Rossi holding seventh with a 29-point total.  

Yamaha is now in second place in the Constructor Championship with 56 points, while Movistar Yamaha MotoGP moved up to first position in the Team Championship, having scored 70 points.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action in two weeks' time, when the MotoGP paddock will arrive in Jerez, Spain, for the Gran Premio de España.

Valentino Rossi

Position: 4th - Championship: 7th - Points: 29

"It was a good weekend because I was already in the top-5, but in the race I expected to be a bit more competitive, to try and fight for the podium. I knew that Marquez and Maverick were a bit stronger. I hoped I was fast enough for a fight for the podium with Iannone, but Andrea was faster than I was. I wasn't able to arrive, to attack. I suffered a little bit in the hot conditions, because the front gave me more problems than in the practice. We have to work. Now we have ten days. The next round will be in Europe, where the situation will be different."

Massimo Meregalli

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director

"Second and fourth are good results for our team after a difficult last GP. The weekend in Austin is never very easy for us, but after yesterday's qualifying we were quite confident that we could give a good performance. Both riders were cutting through the field together. Valentino was also competitive at the start of the race and fought for a top result. He suffered a bit with his front tyre due to the heat, but this fourth place is still a good way to come back. Overall, we're satisfied because we made another step. We improved the bike and are looking to confirm the findings we made here this weekend at the next round back in Europe."

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