Valentino Rossi ends MotoGP winless streak

JOSH REICH
Last updated 04:05 30/06/2013
Valentino Rossi
Getty Images
ENDING A DROUGHT: Valentino Rossi won his first MotoGP race since 2010 at the Assen TT in the Netherlands.

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Injured F1 star Fernando Alonso woke up thinking he was a 13-year-old go-karter Shane van Gisbergen to join Triple Eight Racing Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel hopes Ferrari can challenge Mercedes Lewis Hamilton after more Formula One dominance in 2015 Fernando Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix Less is more for Silverstone Formula One race organisers Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff to take part in two free practice sessions Ecclestone offers cash advance for smaller teams Stuff.co.nz's Formula One tipping competition in partnership with Superbru Michael Schumacher's teenage son Mick to race Formula 4

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi claimed his first victory since 2010 at the Dutch Grand Prix today and world champion Jorge Lorenzo finished fifth two days after breaking his collarbone.

Italian seven-times world champion Rossi took the lead on the sixth lap at Assen and was never overtaken, sealing maximum points ahead of Spain's Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow, the first Briton to start from pole position since 2002.

Lorenzo made a remarkable return to action following his high-speed crash in wet conditions in practice on Thursday.

The Spaniard underwent surgery on Friday and started 12th on the grid.

World championship leader Dani Pedrosa was fourth to extend his advantage over Lorenzo to nine points after seven of 18 rounds.

Pedrosa has 136 points to Lorenzo's 127, with Marquez third, a further 14 points behind. Crutchlow is in fourth place with 87 points and Rossi fifth with 85.

Rossi, 34, celebrated his first victory since returning to Yamaha and his 80th win in the premier class.

He moved up to third at the end of the first lap before overhauling the Hondas of Marquez and Pedrosa and holding on to win by 2.1 seconds for his first victory since the Malaysia Grand Prix nearly three years ago.

"I'm happy but I can't believe it. It's a great feeling to be back in first position," he told www.motogp.com.

"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.

"It's been a long, long time since Sepang 2010, and during those years I've asked myself the question, 'Can I get back to first position?' So it's been a tough period but I've never given up and I've always worked hard because this is my passion."

Lorenzo was cleared to race less than four hours before the start, having returned to Assen from surgery in Barcelona. The Yamaha rider rose from 12th on the grid to as high as fourth but fell back one place by the chequered flag.

The next race is in Germany in two weeks' time.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your favourite V8 Supercars driver?

Scott McLaughlin

Shane Van Gisbergen

Fabian Coulthard

Jamie Whincup

Mark Winterbottom

Craig Lowndes

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog