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.
Lap six came and the Italian legend dominated from the front with the swagger from years gone by – seriously challenged only by Marc, who fought off a charge himself from Cal Crutchlow.
With a solid second place finish of his own, the young Spanish phenom beefed up his position in the overall Championship standings…and a higher level of respect between himself and traditional superstars like Vale.
In a way, this season has been reflective of a coming ‘passing of the torch’ between the current and next generations of MotoGP Superstars.
Vale, with his storied career and aura of greatness, has been all the more friendly with Marc, the rookie – who’d rubbed some of the established riders the wrong way with super aggressive riding thus far in the season.
As he’s continued his amazing riding, there’s an obvious sense of increasing acknowledgement of his Championship caliber, despite his young age.
Overall, between the riding and symbolism, it’s been a thing of beauty to watch. And the world will still be able to witness the old school and new school collide on the track…at least for now.