In the aftermath of Valentino Rossi’s engine blow-up at the Mugello MotoGP, the Italian has said that he believes he would have won the race if he was able to complete it.
Mugello is one of Rossi’s favourite stops on the MotoGP calendar and so when he was forced retire from the race with an engine failure that occurred as he was challenging Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo for the lead it stung a bit.
“What do we have to say? It’s difficult to say something,” Rossi reflected.
“It’s a great shame, it’s always a great shame when you have a technical failure in the race.
“But this time was more because we are at Mugello and have a fantastic atmosphere with a lot of fans and especially because I was very strong for the weekend.”
Lorenzo went on to take victory by 0.019 seconds over Marc Marquez in a tight finish however Rossi is certain that if his bike did not break-down it would have been him who got a champagne shower on the podium.
“In the race I was very fast. I was behind Lorenzo but essentially I think I had a little bit better pace compared to him.
“So for sure I could try to attack and try to make my race.”
Interestingly enough, Lorenzo’s bike encountered a similar issue as it’s engine failed in the morning warm-up. Rossi explained that his team were unable to check if his engine might have a similar problem due to time constraints.
“We were a little bit worried because usually it doesn’t happen,” Rossi said.
“Our engine had less kilometres than Jorge’s.
“The time was too tight to open the engine and try to understand what happened, so we continued with our own engine and we were unlucky.”
The implications of Sunday’s result on the Championship standings can be seen below.
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 115 points
2. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 105
3. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 78
4. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 66
5. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 59
6. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 49
7. Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 48
8. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 43
9. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41
10. Eugene Laverty (Ireland) Ducati 36