Brno, Czech Republic: Monster Energy Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi, finished the 2020 Czech Republic MotoGP on the fifth place. Responding to this result, Rossi said he was happy but at the same time sorry.
Rossi was happy because he was able to put on a good performance. Although he failed to reach the podium at the Brno Circuit this time, the rider nicknamed The Doctor felt that he had improved compared to the previous race.
The nine-time world champion considered his performance to be more consistent, from the start of the race to the end. Rossi himself started from the 10th place, but he was slowly able to finish in fifth place.
“It was a good race. Obviously the second race at Jerez was better because we managed to get on the podium there, but overall my performance was better here. I am strong, both at the beginning and at the end, “said Rossi, quoting from Speedweek.
Meanwhile, the thing that Rossi regrets from the 2020 Czech Republic MotoGP is his inability to perform well in the free training and qualifying sessions. According to him, if he can get a better starting position, then it is not impossible for him to occupy the podium.
Starting from the 10th position made The Doctor has to start from the fourth row. This condition in the end made it difficult for Rossi to break free from the crowd.
Therefore, Rossi could not catch the riders in the podium position. Because from the start the difference in the distance with them was far away due to Rossi being stuck in the middle ranks.
“It’s a shame that I made some mistakes in qualifying yesterday and as a result had to start from the fourth row. One line further may be enough to fight for the podium, “admitted the 41-year-old rider.
“The phase at the start of the race is very important. You can win a position there, but you can also lose it. In the race itself, it is more difficult to overtake and our jumps naturally give us the advantage, “he continued.
Rossi is actually aiming for the podium at the Czech Republic MotoGP 2020. Because currently, The Doctor has managed to climb 199 podiums throughout his career in Grand Prix motorbike racing. It only takes one more podium for Rossi to make it 200.