Rossi pleased with return to podium
4 May 2014 – Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi expressed his happiness after returning to the podium at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Rossi endured a couple of troublesome rounds in Austin and Argentina but at Jerez the Italian battled with Marc Márquez across the opening couple of laps before settling into second place for the remainder of the race,
Rossi sustained pressure from the other Honda of Dani Pedrosa to secure second place in Spain as he climbed onto the podium for the second time in 2014.
"I'm very happy because Jerez is one of my favourite circuits and race weekends, also for the people around the track and the atmosphere," he said.
"We worked very well during the weekend and improved the bike, also this morning and it looked like I could be quite competitive for the race. I chose the extra hard tyre on the front, it was a risk but I was worried about the medium at the end of the race.
Rossi was unimpressed with the track conditions in hot weather but conceded that he was not able to match the pace of runaway championship leader Márquez.
"The condition of the track today was very bad, the bike slid everywhere and the front kept closing, I think I did a great job, I did a good start and I tried to stay with Marc but it was impossible," he said.
"After that I tried to keep my pace and push where I could and where my bike was well balanced and I kept quite constant. At the end Dani arrived but I had just a little bit of desperation in the last lap to stay in front. I'm very proud and happy to arrive in second position here as it was 2010 the last time I stood on the Jerez podium."
Rossi is now third in the championship, 39 points behind Márquez.