Valentino Rossi celebrates his third-place finish in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

celebrates his third-place finish in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi delivered another exciting performance at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, fighting to take third place on the podium.

Following concerns over the safety of the Bridgestone tyres to last full race distance the race was changed to incorporate a bike change at the ten-lap mark, with the total laps reduced to 19.

Rossi enjoyed yet another intense race long battle with rivals Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista. The three swapped positions in the fight for the last podium spot throughout the first ten laps and again in the following nine.

Rossi completed a quick pit stop, beating both of those aforementioned rivals out to gain two positions. As one of the most successful riders of the modern era in Phillip Island it was never going to be easy for them to beat him.

The Italian claimed third at the line to make it onto the podium for the sixth time in 2013, before stating, “At the end the result was good, I’m so happy to be on the podium here at Phillip Island because it’s always a great pleasure and a great atmosphere. I tried to give the maximum, the race was very thrilling and I enjoyed it very much, especially because with the team we were able to do a very good job in the pit and gain two positions.”

“I had a great battle with Cal, when I understood it was for the podium I tried to give the maximum. In the last half of the lap it started to rain which was very scary but at the end it was ok and a good result. We still need to work and improve to be faster for the next race.”

TV ALERT – The Australian Grand Prix will re-air Monday night at 8p ET on FOX Sports 2, followed by the Moto2 and Moto3 races from Phillip Island.

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