Starting from seventh place on the grid, Rossi overtakes Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso to place second in the French GP, ten seconds behind team mate Jorge Lorenzo. Maverick Vinales is third. Rossi (78pts) is 12 points behind Lorenzo (90pts) who leads the standings and 7 points behind Marquez.
I started quite badly from the third row so at the beginning it was very complicated. I had a quite good pace so I was able to push and I was quite fast, but you have to stay quiet because it was very easy to make some mistakes. Step by step I arrived to the back of Marquez and Dovi and at that moment I was a bit faster. I‘m so happy, because when you start from seventh position and you take twenty points it‘s very good, also because they are twenty very important points. In the championship I‘m twelve points behind Jorge and seven behind Marc. This means that between us three the championship is wide open and we have to concentrate. I‘m just third at this moment, so I have to think race by race and especially think of Mugello and try to be competitive there.