Podium joy for Rossi in his 300th GP
1 June 2014 – Valentino Rossi put his qualifying woes behind him and celebrated his 300th GP start in style on Sunday by finishing on the podium in front of his home fans at Mugello.
Rossi lined-up in only tenth on the grid for the Italian MotoGP, but took three positions by the first corner and was up into fifth by the second lap. He then made short work of Andrea Dovizioso and with 20 laps to go passed Andrea Iannone to move to third, eventually finishing less than three seconds off the winner, Marc Márquez and his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who took second.
Speaking at the finish, Rossi reckoned he could have made it a three-way fight for the victory, had he not made that mistake in qualifying.
"Today was a great day for all the people and for MotoGP. Mugello is one of the greatest race tracks in the world; a lot of people around and the race was very funny with a great battle between Jorge and Marc. I wasn't too far from them and all the people were happy for my podium," Rossi said.
"It is a great emotion as always [to be on the podium and], it was a solid race from fourth row to third. I think I had the chance to battle with them but unfortunately we made a mistake yesterday in practice but we will try in Barcelona again," he continued.
"The podium in Mugello is always fantastic, it is the most special moment of the season, it is like a great concert. It is a great party for MotoGP and motorcycling because the passion in Italy is amazing. This is my 300th GP, so I'm in the middle of my career, another 300 before the end!" he joked.