It is a MotoGP record that Valentino Rossi says he didn't want.

On Sunday at Silverstone the seven-time 500cc/MotoGP champion made his 246th premier-class start, beating the previous record held by Alex Barros.

After finishing third behind Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo in the British Grand Prix, Rossi spoke about the achievement:

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"First of all I'm very proud, because it is a great achievement and it means that it's a long, long time that I am here," said the 35-year-old, who made his premier-class debut in 2000.

"But it is also the worst number and the worst record! I don't like because it means I'm very old! I prefer records for the number of podiums or number of victories. But I'm very, very proud to be here on the podium after so many races. I enjoy a lot."

Rossi, who was fielding questions from the media while also watching his VR46 team in action during the Silverstone Moto3 race, joked: "I'm multi-tasking! Like girls!"

Having beaten Dani Pedrosa in Sunday's race, Rossi is now just ten points behind the Repsol Honda rider in the fight for title runner-up behind Marc Marquez.