Andrea Dovizioso claimed his first 2021 World Championship points in only his second race with PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team at the Circuit of The Americas. Valentino Rossi climbed from a lowly 20th on the grid to finish 15th after a gruelling 20-laps under the Texan sun.
After an opening lap on which Andrea Dovizioso slipped backward to 17th, the Italian mounted something of a comeback around the demanding COTA track. By lap nine he had fought his way back up to 12th position before being passed for the place, and he then delivered a consistent ride to hold 13th until the finish. Today he started his 329th Grand Prix across all classes, which moves him into the second highest number of starts, behind only his team-mate.
Valentino Rossi made steady progress from 21st on the first lap and had reached 15th position by lap 11, which he then held until the end. With an air temperature of 32 degrees and the circuit’s undulations, it was a particularly physically demanding last race in the USA for Rossi, whose fans were out in force to see their hero race one last time in North America.
With points-scores for both riders, Rossi currently lies 21st in the World Championship standings, whilst Dovizioso is 26th after just two races with PETRONAS Yamaha SRT.
There will now be a two-week gap before PETRONAS Yamaha SRT make their second visit of the season to Misano, this time for the Gran Premio dell’Emilia Romagna (22-24 October) - Rossi’s final home GP of his career.