It was a dual for first between the reigning champ and the living legend in the heat of Jerez, Spain. However, Valentino Rossi’s position leading the race would be short-lived, with young Marc Marquez stealing back the lead and holding as much as a four-second cushion beyond the field. Marquez comfortably took the win, his fourth consecutive victory to begin the 2014 campaign.
He’s a legend. He’s Italian. And he’s got style for days. Yes, no matter how much closer ‘Father Time’ pulls Valentino Rossi toward the twilight of his simply legendary MotoGP career, one thing is certain: The Doctor has always and will always be a stylish competitor on whatever set of wheels he happens to be charging on. Exhibit O: The world famous Monza Rally Show. Year after year, the long-time Italian icon has gone head to head with some of the top RallyCar drivers on the planet at Monza (even though his forte has clearly been on two wheels, four wheel beasts come just as natural) – finishing in the Top Three several times (and topping the event last year), even against the likes of World Rally Champions like Sebastien Loeb.
The Doctor’s Back. Valentino Rossi Returns to MotoGP Glory with Netherlands Triumph, Heir Apparent Marquez Claims Second
The Doctor is back. With the pains of a big victory drought with his former team in his rear-view mirror, Valentino Rossi masterfully dominated his way to a long-awaited triumph in the Netherlands this past weekend – topping fellow Oakley rider and new generation young gun, Marc Marquez. “I’m very happy and I can’t believe the victory after a lot of time,” Valentino said following his first win after moving on to Yamaha. "I worked very hard and never gave up.” It didn’t take long for Vale to take the reigns.