Rossi revels in return to winning ways

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi was delighted with his victory in the Dutch TT at Assen that catapults him back into the MotoGP title race.

Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha teammate crashed out at ‘The Cathedral’, allowing the veteran Italian to claim his 115th Grand Prix win.

“I’m very happy and it’s for sure an important victory, like every victory,” Rossi said. “After one year it’s a great feeling, also because I race motorcycles because of what you feel for five or six hours after the victory – it’s a fantastic feeling.

“It’s coming after a great race, a great battle with Danilo, with Marc, with [Johann] Zarco also – and also on the technical point I am happy because we work a lot and we change the chassis and I am able to ride the bike in a better way.

“It’s important also for the championship because it’s incredibly open after eight races between a lot of different riders and different bikes, so it’s very interesting.

Rossi is now third in the rider’s standings, just seven points behind new championship leader Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati and three behind second-placed Vinales.

“We discovered this season that from one week to the other, everything can change, so it will be very important next week to try to be strong also in Sachsenring,” Rossi concluded.