Rossi 'happy' with last Yamaha podium
8 November 2010 – Valentino Rossi finished on a MotoGP rostrum as a Yamaha rider for the last time on Sunday, coming home third in the Valencian Grand Prix behind team-mare Jorge Lorenzo and the man he will replace at Ducati next year, Casey Stoner.
“Honestly, I'm happy with this final result with Yamaha because we had a difficult weekend here,” said the Italian. “I didn't get a good start but I realised straight away that I was much faster today and that my bike felt good.
“At one point I thought I might be able to win but in the later part of the race I just didn't have enough strength to stay with Lorenzo and Stoner.
“This is a very hard track when you're not completely fit; I started to make a few mistakes because I didn't have enough power to stop the bike, so after a bit I decided it was better to slow down and keep my third place.
“Finishing on the podium was my way of saying thank you to my bike, to Yamaha and to all the people who have worked with me in these seven seasons. It's been a great experience and I have enjoyed it so much. 46 is a great number of wins - of course I wanted more but I think I can be happy with what I have done here.
“We have finished the season strongly, with five podiums in a row, and after such a difficult season we can feel happy about how we have ended.
“It's been a wonderful seven years, great fun with a special atmosphere, many fantastic victories and four World Championships.
"I stopped with my bike after the race today just like I did at Welkom when this story began (2004) - it was the right way to say goodbye to ‘her'.
"Thank you to everyone, we have wonderful memories.”