It proved to be a difficult MotoGP race for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, with Valentino Rossi crossing the MotorLand finish line 19th. Jake Dixon’s Gran Premio de Aragon came to an early end, after an unfortunate crash on cold tyres during the second lap.
When the lights went out, Rossi maintained his 21st place off the line and immediately gained one position in the opening corners. The Italian settled into a consistent rhythm during the early stages of the race, before moving into 19th just before the halfway point. Valentino was able to maintain this pace on the soft rear tyre throughout the race, but he was unable to close the gap to the riders in front and ended the race 19th. Rossi continues to hold 21st in the championship standings with 28 points.
Unfortunately Dixon’s second MotoGP race ultimately proved to be a disappointing one for him. The Brit made a good start and was able to keep with team-mate Rossi in the opening corners, but then ran wide at Turn 4. Although Jake re-joined the race and attempted to catch the others, his hard front tyre was not quite back up to temperature yet. This led to a crash at Turn 9 on his second lap, which brought his race to an early conclusion.
The action doesn’t stop for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT, as they now head directly to Misano for the 14th round of the season: the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (17-19 September) - Rossi’s home GP.