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GP Week : Issue 210
motogp – race not a dry eye “A Win For The Ages” is an overused cliché but what else could describe Valentino Rossi taking his first win of 2014 in front of an adoring home crowd, at Misano? It took The Doctor four laps to take the lead from poleman Jorge Lorenzo, and with Marc Marquez, for once seeming unable to match the pace and then falling off, the race looked like a battle between the two men in blue. But Lorenzo rued a bad tyre choice, and Rossi managed to pull away to take his first win on Italian soil in five long seasons. “I think now I am the best Valentino of my career,” he said after the race. “I don’t feel that I’m slower than when I won 10 or 11 races in a season. The bigger problem is that my rivals are stronger. They are younger and are the next generation. They are more professional and more focussed.” As remarkable as that was, more so was that Marquez fell whilechasing. 'Fell' is a relative term, as the spaniard leans the bike over so far – and saves it from tumbling with his knee and elbow so often – that by the time it was apparent its wheels were not going back on the tarmac his Honda was almost stopped. The World Champion picked up the bike and battled back to finish 15th. The consistent Dani Pedrosa was third ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and Pol espargaro. Bradley smith, Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow and Yonny Hernandez completing the top 10. MOTOGP >>> nEWs 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: