Valentino Rossi battled from the third row of the grid to claim a spot on the podium of the Le Mans MotoGP on Sunday.
After losing time to the leaders while he fought through those in front him, the Italian would benefit from a crash involving Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso on Turn 7 on lap 16, giving him a free run into second place.
While he did put the hammer down in an effort to catch Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, the gap was simply too big. The Spaniard would win by over ten seconds in the end.
"Was a difficult race because I lose a lot of time at the beginning at that is normal when you start on the third row," said the 37-year-old after the race.
"I had a very bad start but I was a little bit faster than Dovi and Marquez and when I go in front I could do some good lap but already Jorge was too far had a good pace but Jorge was too far and had a strong pace."
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