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Rossi, Simoncelli finish 2011 tied on points

Valentino Rossi ends his first MotoGP season with Ducati level on points with his late friend Marco Simoncelli.
Valentino Rossi says he is 'sorry beyond measure' at being unable to complete the final round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship season so that he could partake in a 'lap of honour' for Marco Simoncelli, but suggests the fact they remained tied-on-points is a fitting tribute instead.

Rossi was among four riders bundled out on the opening corner, the Italian swept off his bike when Alvaro Bautista collided into him, Nicky Hayden and Randy de Puniet.

A dismal end to what has been a difficult first year at Ducati for Rossi, the multiple champion was more concerned at being unable to fully honour his friend at the end of the race.

Nonetheless, with the pair tied on 139 points – Simoncelli ahead in sixth overall by virtue of his second place in Australia -, Rossi feels that this is an appropriate way for him to end the year.

“There's really nothing to say about today, other than that I'm sorry beyond measure not to have been able to put on Sic's T-shirt for the lap of honour. It's truly a shame. I started well and all the conditions were in our favour for having a nice race, but we were unfortunate and received no points here either. We finish the season tied with Sic, with him ahead of me in the standings. I guess that's my tribute to him!”

A frustrating conclusion for Ducati as a whole, Hayden was also out on the spot, though he was still able to end the season in eighth overall, just seven points behind his high-profile team-mate.

“I felt some riders coming up the inside really fast as we approached Turn 1. Then something happened and it was just the domino effect—race over in the first corner. I'm okay other than my hand being pretty sore. It's unfortunate.

“One of our bike's strengths is generating heat in the tyres, and that's what you need on a cold, wet track like this. Already on the warm-up lap, the bike felt good. It's easy to say now, but I honestly feel like we could have put up a decent fight today and had some fun.”

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November 06, 2011 6:37 PM

It is nice to see Marco keep 6th. Valentino has had a tough year for so many reasons. I have so much respect for the guy for what he's had to deal with this season and I think he would not mind taking 6th off Marco. 6th or 7th doesn't really matter to him because he wants to be up front. For all the troubles he's had this season he deserves to be back up front winning and I hope he is and I can't see it being much worse than this year. Hope you come back stronger next year carrying Marco's spirit. Marco you are greatly missed. 6th doesn't reflect how much of a revelation you've been this season.

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November 06, 2011 6:45 PM

I just can't see the logic in why stupid individuals are slacking off Rossi so much :/ At first I'm thinking ''You know what these are just kids, let them be'' but the scariest part here is that I'm slowly thinking these fools are just grown azz individuals who got major issues. Daymnn :S

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