PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi took 13th after a red flag interrupted StyrianGP, whilst Cal Crutchlow came home 17th in his first race for the team - deputising for Franco Morbidelli.
Rossi had a poor first start but held his 17th position off the line when racing resumed following the red flag period, caused by a Turn 3 incident. After losing then regaining two positions, Valentino continued to make progress to move into 14th on lap 19 then took a further position to end the StyrianGP 13th. He now has 20 championship points and sits 19th in the riders’ standings.
Crutchlow experienced issues with his start both times that the lights went out, however in his first race since the end of last season, the Brit was able to improve his pace throughout the first half of the race and continue to set personal best sector times throughout the 27 laps. At the end of his debut race for the Malaysian squad, Cal had moved himself into 17th position.
There will be no rest for Rossi and Crutchlow, with the Grand Prix von Österreich getting underway in only a few days’ time (13-15 August).