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MotoGP Germany: Valentino Rossi: Assen reaction normal

"Always when you have a battle to the last corner it is interesting, especially if it is a hard battle and we touch" - Valentino Rossi.
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].”

Tagged as: Valentino Rossi , Marquez

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July 09, 2015 9:32 PM

slsmer: I think Marc might prefer Lorenzo to take the title as then it makes It easier for him to try beat Rossi's records going forwards in his career.
I believe that Marc would prefer the title to go Lorenzo's way IMO as he has beef with Rossi because of Argentina and now Assen. In his mind, he still believes he did nothing wrong in Argentina and he believes he was taken out by Rossi and is itching to return the favor. Rossi needs to keep his wits about him as Marc is out of the running but could easily end Rossi's title hopes with another one of his bonehead moves. After watching his recent childish antics, it's not too hard to believe that he could have the attitude of 'if I can't win it, I'm gonna make sure he doesn't either' Watch this space...


July 10, 2015 2:23 AM
Last Edited 89 days ago

Enough said,, Valentino is still the greatest motogp champion of all time for a reason,, people love him for the same reason, sponsors and money follow him because people follow him,, all these because not just for his highly skilled and bold riding but also for having a great attitude. He carries himself so well than any other riders... Rather than for his riding and achievements, I personally believe Rossi has such big fan following for his fun to be with and still smart personality... Marc has got that performance part in him to match or get close to Rossi but he needs to change his attitude both on and off the track specially while talking to media, else he would have to forget filling Rossi's boots. Always looking like the hero in any situation irrespective of who did the mistake and make others look like a villan is an art in itself... Take a bow doctor...

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