Valentino Rossi, “The Doctor” was a man on a mission as he marked his 350th Grand Prix start with a splendid second place finish at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. The Italian is the only rider to reach this milestone and at 38-years of age, he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Rossi, finished second, 2.915 seconds behind his team-mate Maverick Vinales. The nine-time world champion admitted that the 22-year-old Vinales is the man to beat. Rossi said: “Unfortunately, Maverick was a bit faster, but this result is really important for me and the whole team, a Yamaha 1-2 is great!”
The Doctor started brilliantly from seventh, shadowing his team-mate Vinales and soon flew past Dani Pedrosa and Karel Abraham with the intention to stick to the rear wheel of his team-mate. Once Marc Marquez crashed out of the race on lap 4, Rossi moved up to the third and had to battle it out with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow for the second place.