A veteran of many memorable MotoGP confrontations, Valentino Rossi wasn't surprised by the reaction and huge level of interest and debate following his last corner showdown with Marc Marquez at Assen.
“No, because always when you have a battle to the last corner it is interesting, especially if it is a hard battle and we touch,” Rossi said at the Sachsenring in Germany on Thursday.
“It was a good battle during all the race and also it is between me and Marc, so it is interesting no? I think it is normal.”
Championship leader Rossi held on for his third victory of the season despite running off-track following contact with Marquez.
The Repsol Honda rider wasn't happy that Rossi had cut the corner. However most impartial observers seemed to agree with Race Direction's verdict; that the Spaniard failed to complete the pass and that Rossi would have remained on track without the contact.
All of which means Marquez is now 74 points from Rossi, who in turn halted team-mate Jorge Lorenzo's four-race win streak to take a ten point advantage into this weekend's ninth round.
While Marquez is currently out of the title fight, his future results could play a part in the outcome of the championship battle between Rossi and Lorenzo.
Rossi, chasing an elusive tenth world title, played down the suggestion that Marquez might prefer one or the other to win.
“I think for Marc it doesn't change a lot if Jorge wins or I win. You think for yourself and you try to win races, try to recover points but at the end of the season I think it is not a big difference [who wins, if it is not you].”