Team manager Paul Bird laughed it off: "I had to smile when I heard about the protest from Steve Rapp and his team, if a 40-year-old coming towards the end of his career wants an additional one place GP finish on his CV so badly, then he's welcome to it and it probably makes them feel a little bit better for not even qualifying at Laguna Seca."
Rapp also faced post-race criticism from MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo, who lost time while lapping the American.
"It was was really difficult to pass him because he was riding like he was defending first position," said Lorenzo.
"So every time I tried to pass him, [in my mind] I saw me touching him and crashing, so I preferred to wait a little bit more. But I still had to take a little risk to pass him in the end.
"I think the blue flag wasn't in any corner, so it's unbelievable. We have to solve this because it's very bad for the riders who are fighting for the podium, no?"