Emotional farewell / MotoGP SPEEDWEEK.COM

With the exception of the unfortunate Ducati interlude in 2011 and 2012, Valentino Rossi joined the Yamaha factory team in 2004. This era ended in twelfth place at the MotoGP season finale in Portimão.

Valentino Rossi only started the race from 17th place on the grid; in twelfth place he at least operated damage limitation. «It was a very close race. Apart from Oliveira and the top 3, the pace was very similar from fourth on. There was a lot of fights, I enjoyed the race because it was a great challenge from start to finish, ”said the 41-year-old Yamaha star.

«Unfortunately I was far behind on the starting grid and it took me a little too long to adapt to the track. We also tried something for Yamaha on Friday, I lost the feeling a bit and we fell behind, ”said the“ Dottore ”regretfully.

“I was pretty quick in the race today, I set some good lap times. And most of all, I was constant until the end. The end result is not fantastic, but it was a better race compared to Valencia. The gap to the guys at the top was also smaller, ”added the 115-time GP winner.

For the last time, “Vale” was at home in the Yamaha factory team’s pits at the season finale in Portugal. What will the future Petronas driver miss most? “The people. I don’t think much will change on the technical side. But 15 years of my career are an important part of my life. I have a lot of friends on the team, so it’s mainly the human side, ”he emphasized. “It was an emotional moment when I came back to the pits. Mainly because the story didn’t just end with the team, but with a few very important people from my box, for example Alex and Brent. That was emotional. “

Because while the nine-time world champion will bring his crew chief David Munoz, his riding coach Idalio Gavira and his data engineer Matteo Flamigni to Petronas SRT, he will have to do without his long-time mechanics Alex Briggs and Brent Stephens in the future.

Results MotoGP Portimao / P:

1. Miguel Oliveira, KTM, 25 Laps in 41: 48,163 min
2. Jack Miller, Ducati, +3,193 sec
3. Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha, +3,298
4. Pol Espargaró, KTM, +12,626
5. Takaaki Nakagami, Honda, +13,318
6. Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati, +15.578
7. Stefan Bradl, Honda, +15,738
8. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +16,034
9. Alex Marquez, Honda, +18,325
10. Johann Zarco, Ducati, +18,596
11. Maverick Viñales, Yamaha, +18,685
12. Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, +18.946
13. Cal Crutchlow, Honda, +19,159
14. Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha, +24.376
15. Alex Rins, Suzuki, +27,776
16. Danilo Petrucci, Ducati, +34.266
17. Mika Kallio, M.Sc. (Econ.), +48,410
18. Tito Rabat, Ducati, +48,411
– Lorenzo Savadori, Aprilia
– Joan Mir, Suzuki
– Brad Binder, KTM
– Pecco Bagnaia, Ducati

Final result of the drivers’ championship after 14 races: 1. Mir, 171 Punkte. 2. Morbidelli 158. 3. Rins 139. 4. Dovizioso 135. 5. Pol Espargaró 135. 6. Viñales 132. 7. Miller 132. 8. Quartararo 127. 9. Oliveira 125. 10. Nakagami 116. 11. Binder 87 12. Petrucci 78. 13. Zarco 77. 14. Alex Márquez 74. 15. Rossi 66. 16. Bagnaia 47. 17. Aleix Espargaró 42. 18. Crutchlow 32. 19. Bradl 27. 20. Lecuona 27. 21. Smith 12. 22. Rabat 10. 23. Pirro 4.

Final result of the Constructors’ Championship: 1. Ducati, 221 Punkte. 2. Yamaha 204. 3. Suzuki 202, 4. KTM 200. 5. Honda 144. 6. Aprilia 51.


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