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Morbidelli: "Rossi was so fast that I had to stay behind him the whole race"

Morbidelli lapped very close to Rossi during the 27 laps of the MotoGP race in Cheste. He finally crossed the finish line 11th, at the wheel of the Petronas Yamaha rider

The Italian-Brazilian claimed he tried to put pressure on him in the final section, but said the #46 was “driving unbelievably”.

“Yes, it was great to be lucky enough to do the whole race behind him,” Morbidelli commented. “Actually, before the race I just wanted to be as far away from him as possible. I didn’t want to get involved in anything, but at one point I was right behind him and I said ‘ok, let’s try to push and maybe overtake him or do something.’ But he was so fast and so unapproachable that I had to be behind him the entire race.”

“I thought he was very, very lucky to be enjoying his last laps in MotoGP from a really special position. And it was great, he was riding fantastic, unbelievable. He picked up the pace in the last few laps and you could see he was appreciating and enjoying really his last moments in MotoGP”.

(Before reading on, click on this link or on the image to see the photos of the 2021 Valencia GP MotoGP race)

After starting the season with the 2019 Yamaha in the Petronas SRT team and missing five races due to a knee injury, Morbidelli made the leap to the official garage of the tuning fork brand. The #21 admitted that it has been a “crazy season”.

Still, he says his 11th place finish in Valencia, 14.085s from the winner, is a very encouraging result heading into his first full year as a factory Yamaha rider in 2022 .

“Yes, a crazy season, with many ups and downs, more downs than ups,” he said. “But this last race makes us end the season with a sweet taste in our mouths and great confidence for next year.”

“Now it’s about understanding well in [the] Jerez test what we need for next year, if what we did is better. Jerez is a right-hand track and it will allow me to work better. And make a good recovery this winter, and prepare myself well for next year,” he stressed.

Schedules of the Valencia GP of MotoGP in Cheste and how to see it

The Cheste circuit hosts this weekend, from November 4 to 6, the 2022 MotoGP Comunitat Valenciana GP. See the schedules and all the information.

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