Italian GP
May 26

MotoGP: Rossi ready to battle Marquez in 300th Grand Prix start

Nine-time Grand Prix champion Valentino Rossi has yet to win a race this season, and currently sits 44 points behind Marquez in the standings. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Nine-time Grand Prix champion has yet to win a race this season, and currently sits 44 points behind Marquez in the standings. (Photo courtesy .com)

As MotoGP™ heads to , for what is always one of the most anticipated rounds on the calendar, Valentino Rossi is all set for his 300th Grand Prix appearance – having achieved his 150th premier class podium last time out at Le Mans.

Following the race in France, in which Rossi finished second to the victorious Marc Marquez, he was already looking forward to the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM and another chance to battle with the in-form World Champion and standings leader, this time in front of the passionate Italian crowd.

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Sep 8

Live Updates! Sunday F1 Italian GP Coverage

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Vettel beats gearbox worries to win at

may have made victory in the look easy, but in fact the German had to overcome serious concerns about the Red Bull gearbox.

Both drivers were allowed by the FIA to change their fifth, sixth and seventh gears before the race after a reliability problem was flagged up, and in the race both were told to shift early in order to save their equipment. Despite that Vettel stayed safely ahead of .

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Sep 8

Webber Fights Through Adversity To Secure Italian GP Podium

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overcame front wing damage and gearbox concerns to take third place in , having pushed all the way to the flag.

Webber damaged his wing when passed by Alonso early in the race, but he gained a place back when he passed at the pit stops.

A gearbox oil pressure issue caused the team to tell him to shift early to protect his equipment, but there were no further problems.

“It was good to have a clean weekend from start to finish and then fight for top positions, which was certainly the case today,” said Webber. “The start was pretty good but both Sebastian and I, I think, compared to the Ferraris, were not as strong off the line.

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Sep 8

Second At Monza Keeps Alonso In Title Fight

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kept himself in the frame for the World Championship by finishing second in , and while he lost another seven points to winner , he has now pulled clear of Lewis Hamilton and .

“I think the weekend we took the maximum from the car,” said Alonso. “Practice was OK, and we learnt some good information Friday. Saturday it was very good, both cars in the top five. I think the last time was Malaysia this year, so a very, very long time, so we were very, very happy.

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