Diamanti secures one race point as VDS pulls off MVGP shock

Alessandro Diamanti was a cast-iron outsider to claim the prestigious MotoGP championship after the factory-backed Marc VDS team crashed through a proposed deal with Peter Castro.

The untested Cuban rider Diamanti was the last rider standing after the Reds, two other teams, parted ways, but it was Diamanti who won the race in Valencia on Sunday by a flying finish, edging out Jorge Lorenzo and Stefan Bradl.

Diamanti had it all to do from lap one, but held off danger from the pole sitter Bradley Smith to claim victory. He said: “After the last qualifying we thought this was going to be easy for us and the next race was going to be in Brazil. But this race was different.

“I have been driving for six months but the whole time my plan was to keep my head down and keep working hard and learn something new every day.

“On Saturday we were doing the work and good work but it was too much weight on our shoulders. Today we took it easy and the final lap we could manage it.

“The first lap I felt the front tyre run out and I felt a little bit scared because I didn’t have much grip left so on the second lap I tried to stay out of trouble.

“I tried to push one more lap and the final lap I had no pace to push so I came home on the grass.”

Asked about having one foot in the door of a title with his one and only victory in the sport, Diamanti added: “I would say yes for sure because in Mugello I just need to keep working for the next race in Brazil, one bike inside the first nine is enough. We need to keep working to work and try to make it to another championship.

“This is the first time that I have seen snow and now I can say that I like this weather.”

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