MotoGP Catalunya: Rossi: Marquez handshake ‘right thing to go’.

An emotional Catalunya MotoGP weekend ended with Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez shaking hands for the first time since 2015. Once friends, the pair's relationship went into meltdown over claims by Rossi that Marquez was trying to help Jorge Lorenzo win last year's title. The bitterness escalated during an on-track clash at Sepang and subsequent title defeat for Rossi at Valencia. Rossi has barely made eye-contact with Marquez since, but Luis Salom's tragic death helped bring a sense of perspective and a handshake took place in parc ferme, moments after the Italian's thrilling victory over the Honda rider. 

“When these things [Salom's accident] happen, all the rest becomes not very important. Very small,” Rossi said. “So I think it was the right thing to do. 

“This is a great sport. Our passion. But is also dangerous. So I think that a normal behaviour, a normal feeling, with the other riders is helpful.” 

Marquez commented: “It was a really difficult and sad weekend for MotoGP. But in the end, on Sunday, I like that it was the atmosphere of a MotoGP family again. When we were together on the grid [for the minute's silence] and the way all the riders dedicated their race to Luis. 

“In the grandstands everybody was supporting all the riders. Full of respect, because we are taking a lot of risks. Another thing that for me was important was to shake hands again with Valentino. I'm happy about this.” 

Asked if this race can improve their relationship, Rossi confirmed “yes”.  

“Okay” smiled Marquez, putting his hand briefly on Rossi's shoulder while the media gave a round of applause. 

But the relationship between Rossi and Lorenzo may take a little longer to thaw. 

While Marquez and Rossi haven't clashed since last season, the Yamaha team-mates have exchanged some harsh words on a variety of subjects since round one in Qatar. 

“Good question!” smiled Rossi, when asked if would also try to improve the relationship with Lorenzo. “Sincerely the situation with Lorenzo is a little bit different. I mean, what I can say is that at the beginning of the season I don't think to not have any more relationship with him, or not speak with him, or not say 'ciao'. 

“But since I came back to Yamaha it was always me to go to Jorge, to say 'ciao Jorge, it's ok? How are you?' So I think this year I wait for him to come. But it never happen, and so you have to speak also with him!” 
 

Catalunya MotoGP race winner Valentino Rossi 'will try' to attend future meetings of the MotoGP Safety Commission. 

The nine-time world champion has not been present at the open-to-all rider gatherings since his clash with Marc Marquez at Sepang last season. 

Controversially, that includes missing Friday's meeting, following the death of Luis Salom in Moto2 practice at Catalunya. 

Although ten other MotoGP riders did not attend, including world champion Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi's absence was especially disappointing given his unparalleled experience and standing in the sport. 

The likes of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro were particularly frustrated that, having not gone to the meeting, Rossi then disagreed with some of the decisions taken

But after Sunday's race, the nine-time world champion appeared to concede that he had been wrong to question the change made to Turn 10 (at the end of the back straight), which - like the corner where Salom fell (Turn 12) - was replaced by a slower F1 section. 

"I said yesterday that maybe I didn't agree with the modifications to Turn 10, but agreed more with the last section [Turn 12]. But I also said that I know they have the Safety Commission meetings, from 2003, at the same time and same day and if they take a decision [without me] it is like this," Rossi said. 

“Yesterday I went to check Turn 10 and in reality the run-off area is also very tight. It is very similar to [the original] Turn 12. So in the end - I prefer the normal layout, like a lot of riders I, but if it is for safety reasons also Turn 10 can be dangerous if in braking something happens, or two bikes touch. 

“So I think - especially after what happened to Salom, but also in general - we need to do everything for safety and it is okay [to change Turn 10] like this.” 

Quizzed on whether he will return to the Safety Commission in future, Rossi replied: "I don't know. Maybe yes. I'm always quite busy on Fridays, but I will try." 

Source: http://www.crash.net

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 44m 37.589s
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 44m 40.241s
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 44m 43.902s
4. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 45m 1.977s
5. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 45m 7.135s
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 45m 13.833s
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 45m 19.053s
8. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 45m 20.564s
9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 45m 22.926s
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 45m 24.258s
11. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 45m 27.103s
12. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 45m 32.722s
13. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 45m 35.563s
14. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 45m 37.730s
15. Michele Pirro ITA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 45m 38.018s
16. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 45m 53.858s
17. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) +1 lap
Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) DNF
Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF

Championship:

1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 125 points
2. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 115 points (-10) 
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 103 points (-22) 
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 82 points (-43) 
5. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 72 points (-53) 
6. Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 59 points (-66) 
7. Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 49 points (-76) 
8. Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 49 points (-76) 
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 43 points (-82) 
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 41 points (-84) 
11. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 39 points (-86) 
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 29 points (-96) 
13. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 29 points (-96) 
14. Alvaro Bautista SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 29 points (-96) 
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 24 points (-101) 
16. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 20 points (-105) 
17. Michele Pirro ITA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 19 points (-106) 
18. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 16 points (-109) 
19. Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 13 points (-112) 
20. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 8 points (-117) 
21. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 7 points (-118) 
22. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 3 points (-122) 

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