Wheelies 30 – 28. Valentino Rossi (-20)

Our annual Wheelies 30 continues with a legendary figure.

If anyone said that Valentino Rossi will finish fifth this season, they would have been called mad. The sad reality of Rossi’s underperformance is far more complex than what we saw on our TV screens.

Though he had a reasonable first part of the season, with a gigantic win at Assen, he never was in a real position to fight for the world championship. Much more than that, Maverick Vinales dominated him throughout the whole year.

Definitely his bad performances were also technically related, as the Yamaha bike was underperforming, but he cannot blame entirely the team. Without his training crash prior to Misano, he would have had theoretical chances to win the championship.

Most likely, 2018 will be his last season. If the bike doesn’t deliver and if he doesn’t step up his game to fight against the young guns, Valentino Rossi will have no chance to win his desired tenth world championship. If he does, he will be once again a title contender as he was in 2015 when he deserved the big trophy.


Photo – Yamaha Racing

Valentino Rossi wins his sixth Monza Rally Show

Valentino Rossi won the Monza Rally Show for the sixth time in his career. The MotoGP legend drove a Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2016 spec. After a difficult first day, Rossi came back stronger and won the race.

Marco Bonanomi, a former Audi LMP1 driver, led before the last stage, but, after two off-track adventures, lost the rally by a very narrow margin, six seconds.

The podium was completed by the WRC duo, Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville. They took a dominant lead in the first day, but after a slow puncture, they lost every chance win the rally.

Another notable presence was Tony Cairoli. The MXGP world champion finished fourth and secured his best ever finish at the Monza Rally Show.

Rossi’s win was put in doubts after his car was found to be underweight. He received a ten seconds penalty, but he managed to keep his win.


Photo – Autosport

Marc Marquez wins Phillip Island thriller

After a dominating performance in the Saturday’s qualifying session, Marc Marquez seemed to be the main rider to watch today in the race. Although he did manage to get a confortable pole position, at the start, the main star was Jack Miller.

The local hero took a marvellous start and took everyone by surprise. His joy was short lived as Marquez who progressed through the field, came back and took back the lead.

When everything seemed to go on Marquez favour, three Yamaha riders chased him down. Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales and Johann Zarco took the lead at one point in the race. There were at least 20 lead exchanges in the race.

Behind them, Andrea Dovizioso, was in deep trouble. After a bad start, the italian lost several places and while battling his way through the field, he lost the contact with the main group, which was made up by eight riders.

With several laps left, Marquez regained his first place. Behind him, seven other riders had chances to win the GP. Rossi, Zarco, Vinales, Crutchlow, Iannone, Miller and Rins were still in the contention for the three podium places and subsequently for the race win.

In the end, Marquez won the race, with Rossi and Vinales finishing second and third. Zarco missed the podium in the last few meters of the race. The frenchman was passed by Vinales. For the fifth place, Cal Crutchlow had an intense battle with Andrea Iannone, which ended with the Brit finishing in front of the Suzuki rider.

Local hero Jack Miller finished seventh, while Alex Rins and the KTM boys, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith completed the top ten. Scott Redding and Dani Pedrosa finished 11th and 12th, while Andrea Dovizioso managed to finish only 13th in a disastrous weekend for him and for Ducati. Behind him, Karel Abraham and Jorge Lorenzo were the other two riders who managed to get some points today.

Marc Marquez extended his gap in the championship standings. Honda’s main star has now an advantage of 33 points in front of Andrea Dovizioso and he can mathematically grab his fourth MotoGP championship next week at Sepang. Maverick Vinales is third, but he lost every mathematical chance to win his maiden MotoGP world championship.

MotoGP will return back to action next week at Sepang for the penultimate round of the 2017 season.


Photo – Honda Racing Corporation



Rossi passes medical test in Aragon

Valentino Rossi has been declared fit to take part in this week-end s Aragon GP.

The medical examination was mandatory and it was carried out by the Chrief Medical Officer of the Motorland Aragon, Cllemente Milan.

Fortunately, the 9-time World Champion passed it fit and he will take part in FP1, only 3 weeks after sustaining tibia and fibula fractures in the right leg.

In case that Valentino Rossi decides after FP1 that he will withdraw from the GP due to pain, he will be replaced in the reminder of the GP by Dutch rider Michael van der Mark.

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Michael van der Mark to replace Valentino Rossi at Aragon

Following Valentino Rossi’s injury, Yamaha decided not to bring another rider at Misano. Unfortunately, the legendary italian rider will not be able to participate at MotorLand Aragon as well.

In a brief press statement, Michael van der Mark was announced as the replacement for Valentino Rossi for the third spanish round of the season.

Aged 24, Michael van der Mark is set to make his debut in the MotoGP. He is currently riding for Yamaha in the World Superbike Championship. The dutchman is currently 7th in the standings, with 135 points.

Michael van der Mark has won many titles throughout his career. He won the European Superstock Championship in 2012, two Suzuka 8H wins and the prestigious World Supersport Championship in 2014.


photo – Yamaha Racing

Valentino Rossi will not be replaced by Yamaha at Misano

After his recent right foot injury, Valentino Rossi was officially ruled out from the San Marino GP. Yamaha announced today that the legendary italian rider will not be replaced.

Aged 38, Valentino Rossi got injured last week after suffering a heavy crash on a motocross training session. He was operated in the same day and the doctors advised him to rest for the next 30 to 40 days.

Initially, a few names were rumoured as potential replacements for Rossi, but given the little time from the incident he had to the GP, no one was available to replace him in time.

Valentino Rossi will miss the Aragon GP as well. It is yet unknown if Yamaha will race there only with Maverick Vinales or they will find a replacement for Rossi.

Rossi is currently fourth in the MotoGP standings, 26 points behind the surprise leader, Andrea Dovizioso.


photo – Yamaha Racing

Valentino Rossi to return in action in 30 to 40 days

Injured in an enduro training session, Valentino Rossi had last night a successful operation on his broken leg. The medics have declared that Rossi is in stable condition, but he will have to take a 30 to 40 days rest.

After the successful operation, Valentino Rossi made a brief statement:

The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good. I would like to thank the staff of the Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, and in particular Doctor Pascarella who operated on me. I’m very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible. I will do my best to make it happen!

Valentino Rossi will miss both Misano and Aragon GP’s and he is set to come back in action in Japan, in October. Valentino Rossi is currently fourth in the standings, 26 points behind championship leader, Andrea Dovizioso.


photo – Yamaha Racing

Rossi to miss the San Marino GP due to confirmed fracture of tibia and fibula 

It has been confirmed that the nine time World Champion Valentino Rossi has fractured both his tibia and fibula after the crash suffered in an enduro training earlier today.

Valentino Rossi will undergo an emergency surgery, so he will be forced to sit out at least the San Marino GP which will be held next week in Misano. This can mean a check-mate to his championship chances, as the time of recovery is not yet known.

Rossi currently sits 4th in the championship, 26 points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso.
photo credit – Yamaha Racing

Valentino Rossi to miss Misano?

Various sources throughout the italian media have announced that Valentino Rossi has suffered a heavy accident this evening in an enduro training.

More specifically, it seems that Valentino Rossi suffered a broken leg. If confirmed, Valentino Rossi will certainly miss his home GP which will be held next week at Misano.

Valentino Rossi is currently fourth in the MotoGP standings, 26 points behind the championship leader, Andrea Dovizioso. In the last GP, the legendary italian rider finished third in the British GP at Silverstone.


photo – Yamaha Racing

Marc Marquez wins in big style at Brno

After the thrilling qualifying session on Saturday, Marc Marquez seemed to be the main favorite to win the race today. Mixed conditions awaited the MotoGP pack and the organizers decided that the race will go on as a flag-to-flag race.

The start of the race saw Jorge Lorenzo in front. The spaniard took everyone by surprise and he managed to put his Ducati ahead. Unfortunately for him, his lead was short lived. With a tire gamble to take, Marc Marquez took the risk and was the first rider to change the bike.

His decision was very inspired as he lead the field two laps later. Also, Marquez had a stunning 22 seconds lead ahead of Scott Redding, Aleix Espargaro and his team mate, Dani Pedrosa. Behind them, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo were fighting to get back for a chance of a podium place.

The second part of the race was less interesting. Marquez continuosly extended his gap, while Pedrosa, Vinales, Crutchlow and Rossi followed him. The only interesting duel was between Crutchlow and Rossi. In the end, the italian managed to pass Crutchlow for the fourth place.

Marc Marquez took an uneventful win. Dani Pedrosa completed a 1-2 for Repsol Honda, while Maverick Vinales scored his first podium since Mugello. Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow completed the top five, while Dovizioso finishedd sixth. The biggest disappointment of the day was once again Jorge Lorenzo. The three times world champion managed only a 15th place finish and scored only one point at Brno.

In the championship standings, Marc Marquez extended his gap. He now leads with 154 points, 14 more than Maverick Vinales, who has scored 140 points. The podium is completed by Andrea Dovizioso, with 133 points, while Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa are fourth and fifth in the standings, with 132 points and 123 respectively.

The MotoGP stars will be back next week in Austria, at Red Bull Ring.