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Movistar Yamaha #motogp rider #valentinorossi secured a superb second place at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Teammate #maverickvinales was on the move in the early stages, but a slide down the track in lap 2 prevented him from completing the race.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGPs #valentinorossi showed an impressive pace in the Grand Prix of The Americas to claim his third consecutive podium finish of the season. Teammate #maverickvinales was looking confident, but his race ended prematurely 20 laps before the end.
Rossi was strong out of the gates and settled into third position exiting the first corner. He chased Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in the opening laps, careful not to let them off into the distance.
With 15 laps to go the Italian went wide in the first corner and got into a scrap with Johann Zarco. After a touch between the two Yamaha riders in turn 4, the Doctor was pushed wide, but he quickly rejoined the track and held on to third position.
As the front runners quarrelled over the next few laps, Rossi took the opportunity with both hands to close the gap. He reached Pedrosa with five laps to go and bided his time. Two laps later, his carefully planned overtake came in the last corner. The nine-time World Champion then put his head down. He was on the limit for the last two laps to take the flag +3.069s behind the leader, securing second place despite being penalised with 0.3s at the end of the race, due to the incident with Zarco.
Viñales had a busy first lap. Starting from second place on the grid he got off the line well, but found himself in fifth place after all 22 riders had squeezed through the first corner. He soon overtook Jorge Lorenzo for fourth and was eager to remain on the tail of his teammate on their way to the front, but his challenge was cut short by a crash in turn 16 one lap later. The Spanish youngster was left unhurt, but unable to continue the race.
Todays results see Rossi take over the lead in the championship standings with 56 points, 6 points ahead of Viñales in second place. In the Constructor's Championship, Yamaha still holds the lead with a 16-point margin, while the Movistar Yamaha #motogp Team stays on top in the Team's Championship standings, 41 points ahead of its closest rival.
The Yamaha Factory #racing Team will next cross the Atlantic Ocean for the Gran Premio de España at the Circuito de Jerez in two weeks time.
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