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Misano: A King and his Kingdom

Snapshot: Rossi with his Misano special helmet, won almost after more than a year, Assen being the last circuit to be precise.

It took 5 long years, an almost unending dream, when the sight of Moto GP God, crossing the finish line ahead of everyone, gave the Yellow Army, the gift they were desperately waiting for. 54, 543 is a large number no matter how you see it. Yes, at least these many people covered every inch of the area around the podium this evening at the Misano World Circuit, Marco Simoncelli. The boy who lives at a walking distance from the iconic Misano circuit, the most loved Racer in the history of Moto GP, Valentino Rossi won the race.

Valentino Rossi, ran a race which will be remembered for a long time to come. There was this aura throughout the weekend around him, that kept signalling that it was going to his Sunday. Rossi with his Misano special helmet, won almost after more than a year, Assen being the last circuit to be precise. This time around his helmet had hand prints of his team members, paw prints of his beloved dogs along with the lip prints of his mother and his Girl Friend. He was thanking all for the effort each had put into his almost mythical stature in Moto GP. With a win at Misano, his home track, he gave a fitting return gift to the entire ’46 – Yellow Army’.

Rossi’s win wasn’t the only talking point after the race. Marq Marquez, had a strange low side cutting off his RCV115’s power, and by the time he got it started again, it was already too late for the youngest world champion in premier class to make any charge to win the race. After the race, Marquez admitted the mistake, saying he lost the front when he hit the kerb, but he was happy to have scored a point by coming 15 at the end. It was an interesting race because of Jorge Lorenzo also, his decision to race with the harder front, mostly taken as a calculated decision rather than a gamble. Lorenzo was the only rider with a hard front tyre and was expected to get better as the race progressed especially when the temperature was rising constantly. But, Lorenzo just couldn’t fight today and after a brief scrapping session with the duo of Marquez and Rossi, Lorenzo was confined to a lonely third place.

Marquez’s crash gave Lorenzo another consecutive 2nd place while Dani Pedrosa too benefitted from the departure of number 93. Later in the press conference, Pedrosa understandably looked disappointed with his race today. It was heartening to see Andrea Dovizioso and his Ducati chases the Honda throughout the race, where Pedrosa never really made a big enough gap between the two. Next Year when the all new Ducati Desmosdeci arrives, it might just change the Ducati’s fortune at the premier class. Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) impressed in fifth place with another solid result. Rookie Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) rode well again to secure sixth place, 4.1s ahead of his teammate Bradley Smith.

It was a magical display of motorcycle racing by the most experienced Racer of the premier Class. Rossi also, became the first ever Rider to achieve an astronomical figure of 5000 career points. The King rose with the Sun in his kingdom, and the celebrations were a symbol of what it mattered to him, what it mattered to the crowd, what it mattered to the MotoGP. That 'Vale, Vale' chant will echo throughout Italy and beyond tonight. Bravo Rossi Bravo.

Read our Saturday qualifier story here.

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