Hindered by grip issues in his final British Grand Prix, PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi ended the MotoGP race at Silverstone 18th, with Jake Dixon one place behind in his home GP and premier class debut.
Rossi had a good start to his final BritishGP, holding onto his eighth place off the line. An early charge from the Italian saw him claim two places by the end of the opening lap. However, as the race unfolded Rossi experienced grip issues on the rear medium tyre in the cold conditions. Despite fighting hard to combat them, he was unable to successfully defend his position and crossed the line 18th. Valentino is now 21st in the championship standings with 28 points.
Today saw Dixon make his MotoGP debut in front of his home crowd, with the Brit standing in for the recovering Franco Morbidelli. After a respectable start and showing good pace in the early stages, Jake experienced tricky conditions with a lack of grip in the slightly cooler than expected temperatures at Silverstone. Despite this, Dixon made no mistakes and brought his Yamaha YZR-M1 home in 19th place.
The month of September will see two back-to-back races for the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT squad, with the first of those being the Gran Premio de Aragon (10-12 September).