Seven-times World MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi has claimed his first win since 2010 with victory in the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday in Assen.
The Italian seemed to have his factory Yamaha on tracks as he dominated the circuit, bike and fellow riders for a convincing win without even the slightest of hiccups.
Rossi finishing ahead of Marc Marquez in second and pole sitter Cal Crutchlow in third, who both had their work cut out for them in the final stages of the race trying to capture the second podium step.
Championship leader Dani Pedrosa could only manage fourth place ahead of defending champion Jorge Lorenzo, who not only started from 12th on the grid but was lucky just to be on his bike after crashing in free practice on the Thursday.
Lorenzo high-sided his Yamaha in wet conditions at 238km/h and broke his left collar-bone to, what seemed at the time, end his weekend of racing. He was taken to the local hospital for the initial treatment, including a CT scan (standard precaution for high-speed accidents) before being transferred to Barcelona for emergency surgery in the early hours of Friday morning.
The Spaniard heroics seen him return to Holland, from Spain, less than 12 hours after surgery to collect 11 valuable championship points. He still holds second in the championship, trailing Pedrosa by just 9 points, as he attempts back-to-back titles.
Apart from the well publicised Pole Position of Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo’s courageous determination; it was all about Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi when the chequered flag was presented at the end with win number 80 for him in the premier class.
Rossi spoke with motogp.com after the race: “I’m happy but I can’t believe it. It’s a great feeling to be back in first position,”
“I felt good. I tried hard from the beginning, it was a long race and I fought with everybody. I fought with Marc [Marquez], with [Dani] Pedrosa and with Cal [Crutchlow] but I always had that little bit extra at certain points.”