VALENTINO ROSSI WINS 200th MOTOGP PODIUM

Valentino Rossi became the first person to ever have 200 Grand Prix podiums after finishing third at the MOTOGP Gran Premio Bwin de Espana at the Circuito de JEREZ in Spain. Rossi was on the charge right from the start of the 27-lap race. Shooting from fifth to fourth into turn one, he soon closed the gap to Pol Espargarò to overtake him on lap four. The nine-time World Champion was now on a mission to close down a two-second gap to front runners Lorenzo and Marquez, while at the same time managing his lead over Espargarò and Cal Crutchlow. Though the gap to Marquez initially increased, the Doctor refused to give up. His determination was rewarded when, with 15 laps remaining, he started to wheel his rival back in. However, as the Doctor‘s front tyre began to wear down in the final stages of the race he was unable to repeat his performance in Argentina. He decided to settle for third and take his fourth consecutive podium this season, marking the 200th podium finish of his career. Rossi took his first podium back in the 125cc class at the Austrian Grand Prix in 1996. Since then, he has racked up more than any other rider in the history of grand prix motorcycle racing, with the legendary Giacomo Agostini second on the all time list with 159. Still though, the Italian is not resting on his laurels: “I have scored a lot of points and scored two victories and four podiums. This time I extended my lead to Dovizioso, but it looks like Jorge also came back into the championship with this victory. He is just 20 points behind, but the championship is still long.” One thing is for sure, the way this season is going not many would bet against Rossi adding to this tally, and maybe, just maybe going onto take his tenth MotoGP™ title. Problem is, Marquez will not give up the Championship without a fight, plus Rossi now has the small matter of a resurgent Jorge Lorenzo to contend with.

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