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Valentino Rossi wins first Grand Prix of 2017 at Dutch MotoGP

  • Valentino Rossi wins first Grand Prix of 2017 at Dutch MotoGP

    38 years old Italian stalwart finished today’s race at Assen at pole position to bag his 115th race victory. It was a stupendous victory for ‘The Doctor’ as he finished just 0.063 seconds ahead of Danilo Petrucci. Marc Marquez finished at 3rd position with gap of 5.201 seconds from Valentino Rossi.

    Marquez’s battle for 3rd position was an eye candy to watch as he fought for this position in a narrow, last lap fight between Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. It was one of the most exciting, nerve wrenching, twisty-tale MotoGP race to watch in recent times, probably the best of MotoGP 2017.

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    Earlier, race started with an interesting line-up, with Zarco in lead position, followed by Marquez, Petrucci, Rossi & Redding on top 5 positions at starting grid. Championship leader Maverick Vinales could not finish the race and lost his ace position in a crash. Today’s race at The Cathedral started on an exciting note with top four riders – Zarco, Marquez, Rossi & Petrucci raced ahead in a steady manner. Zarco, who held no. 1 position for long period, was raced down by Rossi through in an inside corner. Both riders had minor touch, which slowed down Zarco and he was pushed to third position by Marquez.

    With just three laps to go, it started drizzling & viewers got to see excitement of their life! In battle that followed, Petrucci gave a brilliant fight to Rossi & even held pole position for few sections. However, Rossi didn’t lose the nerve and fought back for his well deserved title. 

    Image courtesy: MotoGP

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