PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi ended a tricky GermanGP, where rain briefly fell during the race, with two points in 14th, while Franco Morbidelli crossed the Sachsenring finish line 18th.
Although Rossi didn’t have the best of starts to the GermanGP, losing four places in the opening corners to round out the first lap in 19th, he was able to recover quite quickly. Making progress during the early stages of the race, the Italian soon found himself inside the point-scoring positions, moving into 14th on lap 5. The remainder of the race proved to be quiet for Valentino, who held station in 14th and crossed the line to claim two points.
Having lined up 17th on the grid, Morbidelli also experienced a poor start, finding himself 22nd after being pushed wide in the first corner. Mirroring his team-mate in making progress during the opening laps, Franco clawed his way back to 18th but, when the rain flag came out on lap 9, he found himself back in 19th. The Italian was able to regain one place in the closing stages of the race, to end the GermanGP 18th.
Rossi and Morbidelli will now turn their attention to next weekend’s DutchGP, the final one before the summer break gets underway, at TT Circuit Assen (25-27 June).