BROTHER(S) OF ITALY
18 July 2006 | News
No other word better describes the feat accomplished by Valentino Rossi last Sunday, July 16 at the Grand Prix race on the Sachsenring track in Germany. If the only other appropriate adjectives are worn-out clichés like "legendary", "extraordinary", "incomparable", or "breath-taking", then so much the better!
Starting from the 10th position in the grid, The Doctor made steady progress lap after lap until he ranked as one of the contenders halfway through the race. From there on home, the ace from Tavullia ran with the leaders of the pack and sharpened his attack on front-runner Marco Melandri until he was the first to fly past the checkered flag. It was also a rare thrill to see Valentino wearing the jersey of the Italian National Soccer Team both on the customary honours lap around the track and while standing on the highest step of the winners' stand in celebration of Italy's victory in the 2006 World Soccer Cup just the week before - also in Germany - for the fourth time in history!
Competition in the 250 Class also reserved pleasant surprises for the Dainese Team: Jorge Lorenzo played an unusually clever waiting game to claim a 3rd place position that carried him to the top of the world champion ranking ahead of Andrea Dovizioso as action comes to a stop for summer vacation.
The list of Dainese Team champions also includes the 38 winners of the D-Challenge who picked the top five finishers in the German Grand Prix race and are now keeping the overall standings lively. Keep playing and let us see who you are at the next Pit Stop.