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US MotoGP: Rossi to Suppo 'You broke my balls over Stoner pass!'

“You and Stoner broke my balls for two or three years about that overtake!” - Valentino Rossi.
Updated with further quotes from Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez...

During the post-race press conference for the US MotoGP, Valentino Rossi light-heartedly put Honda team manager Livio Suppo on the spot over Marc Marquez's Corkscrew pass.

Rookie Marquez braved it out around the outside of second place Rossi as they arrived at the downhill plunge through the legendary 'S' turn, running over the kerb and across the gravel before re-joining the track (pictured).

It was the stand-out moment of the race and almost an exact copy of the pass Rossi had made on Casey Stoner during their epic 2008 battle - when Suppo was running Stoner's Ducati team.

“I want to speak a little bit about the overtake, especially with Livio Suppo,” said a smiling Rossi.

“So, you and Stoner broke my balls for two or three years about that overtake because I cut the corner. So what do you say today, he has to be disqualified eh?”

Suppo, sitting in the audience, replied: “Thank you for the question and thank you to Marc - because after a few years we pay you back!”

“Ahh okay, okay!” laughed Rossi.

After the overtake, championship leader Marquez went on to catch and pass Stefan Bradl and claim his third win of the season.

Rossi held on to third place, then jokingly attacked Marquez in parc ferme, before giving the 20-year-old a big hug and a handshake.

“I already said to him [Rossi] that I will pay the copyright!” commented Marquez of the overtake. “When I saw the video of 2008 I thought 'that is impossible'. But when I was there I let off the brakes a little because there was no space and I passed in the same place.

“The overtake that he did in 2008 was better because [then] it was different and the pictures, but okay I enjoyed it too!”

Rossi laughed off a question about Yamaha team management being seen heading for Race Direction.

“He cut the track, so he has to be disqualified!” smiled Rossi. “No, I think in 2008 I made one of the best overtakes - I want to say in history, maybe - and today Marc did the same. You know, when you do a move like this you have to take a risk and maybe not everything is perfect for the rules.

“I think it is right to do this kind of overtake... We have to be able to do this without any problem with Race Direction.”

Tagged as: Valentino Rossi , Marquez

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July 22, 2013 1:36 AM

Great to see Rossi has a good sense of humour! He was beaten finished 3 rd and has a laugh about it. There are not very many from that mould. As a Rossi fan if he is winning on occasion, getting on the podium I am happy. Marquez is too young and too fast at the moment.


July 22, 2013 1:48 AM

Great moment in modern GP history, we are seeing the "old" ruler reluctantly but not begrudgingly, giving up his throne to the new ruler. What makes it so great is that they are both full of enjoyment for each encounter regardless of who comes off better as they can both understand and accept that only one can finish infront of the other in any battle. Great moment, great riders and what a great year it has been so far with 5 riders (mathematicaly anyway) with a shot at the title at the half way mark of the season.

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