Marc Marquez was making no apology for his forceful pass on Jorge Lorenzo, which effectively paved the way for his victory in the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
In a re-run of last year's event, the Repsol Honda rider went toe to toe with Lorenzo in the final laps, making an aggressive overtake at the Loop after the door was slammed in his face by his Yamaha rival at Village.
Lorenzo had to stand his machine up as Marquez barged through, but the world champion said it was a 'great move', which paved the way for his 11th victory this season.
“We had a small contact at the corner before the pass. But at the next corner, the last overtake, I know that it was a great move, an aggressive move, but we did not have contact,” said Marquez, who lost to Lorenzo in their 2013 British battle.
“Last laps are like that. Last year at the last corner he overtook me and we had some small contact too. But this year I think everything was fine. It is nice, after Brno, to come back to the podium and to be on top. I said that if I had the chance to win that I would try.”
Lorenzo led for a large segment of the 20-lap race, with Marquez only taking the lead for the first time on lap 14.
The 21-year-old was able to increase his pace significantly in the closing stages as his tyres began to drop off and he pulled away to win by 0.732s in the end.
“At the beginning I tried to save the tyre a bit but it was difficult because the rhythm was rally high. I was trying to save some rear tyre because especially on the left side, as you saw on TV in the last laps, I arrived at the limit. I think everybody was the same,” Marquez said.
“We probably expected a different kind of race today, but Jorge was really strong from the beginning but through the race we improved and at the end we were able to fight with him.
“I just attacked at the end because normally I feel more comfortable on the used tyres.”