MotoGP Great Britain: Rossi: Marquez battle strong but fair.

Valentino Rossi says he had no issue with title rival Marc Marquez's aggression as the pair battled it out for a place on the rostrum during the British MotoGP round at Silverstone. After trading blows in the final part of the race, Marquez finally made a slight break from Rossi to slot into third place and began to challenge Cal Crutchlow for the runner-up spot. The Repsol Honda rider was equally aggressive as he went head to head with Crutchlow, clipping the British star at the end of the Hangar Straight before running off the track and losing ground, eventually finishing fourth as Rossi secured the final place on the podium. 

The battle between Rossi and Marquez rekindled memories of their infamous clash at Sepang last season, which ended with Marquez sliding out after the pair touched. However, nine-time world champion Rossi said their Silverstone tussle had been a 'fair' confrontation. 

Asked if he was more worried when he had Andrea Iannone or Marquez for company during a race, Ross said: “More when I have Marquez, because I know that he has special treatment with me! But also with Iannone, it is not easy. Apart from the joke, it was a great battle with Iannone and also with Marquez – it is always a strong battle, but fair.” 

Marquez ran off the track as he locked horns with Rossi but failed to gain an advantage, re-joining the race in a similar position behind the Yamaha rider. Rossi, though, feels it is unfair that any rider running off the track escapes unpunished. 

“When you go out of the track it means that you make a mistake and at the end it is not fair that you don't lose nothing. But the rule is like this and if you go out of the track at a place that have the tarmac and you don't gain any advantage, you can continue. It is also like this for all the other riders,” he said. 

“But Marquez is always very aggressive for sure, but compared to the Sepang battle this one was a lot different because both riders have the same target – try to arrive in front and try to go faster. This was the difference and I enjoy a lot.” 

The Italian rider has reduced Marquez's advantage by three points and is now 50 points behind at the top of the table, but the 37-year-old was more satisfied with his performance in the race after a challenging weekend at Silverstone. 

“I'm very happy, not for the three points because it's still 50 points, but to arrive on the podium after a race like this and a battle like this was very fun, very exciting, because we already know that on the dry we suffer a bit. It was a difficult weekend and I know that I have to use the advantage to start in the front row and to fight from the first corner to the last. 

“It was a great race, a great fight with [Cal] Crutchlow, with Marquez especially and with Iannone. When I was fifth with Marquez in front and Iannone in front, I say, 'difficult' – also because I had [Dani] Pedrosa behind. I tried to not give up, to ride at the limit; I was also lucky at the end but this is an important podium for me and for the team because I arrive on the podium after a difficult weekend. 

“The only shame is that Maverick [Vinales] doesn't wait for us because we need to have this fight for the victory! But it was very fun.” 

Rossi - who celebrated his 250th MotoGP start at Silverstone - is now looking forward to a 'special' race weekend at Misano, where the Yamaha has traditionally been strong in the past. 

“It's a good way to arrive because next week in Misano will be the most special and important weekend of the season because it is in my home an for sure we will have a lot of pressure, but also we will have a great atmosphere, a lot of people and a lot of fun around,” said Rossi, who raced with the old chassis and swingarm instead of the upgrades he tested at Brno, with Yamaha deciding the time lost in practice to evaluate the parts left too much to chance in a race situation. 

“I like the track and usually our bike is good but you never know until you go on the track with the different tyres but we need to give the maximum and also a little bit more.” 

Source: http://www.crash.net

RACE:

1. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 39m 3.559s
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 39m 7.039s
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 39m 7.622s
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 39m 9.551s
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 39m 9.940s
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 39m 15.862s
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 39m 20.231s
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 39m 22.991s
9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 39m 29.177s
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 39m 35.643s
11. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 39m 39.690s
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 39m 42.689s
13. Alex Lowes GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 39m 43.702s
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 39m 44.915s
15. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 39m 45.502s
16. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 39m 51.169s
17. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 40m 59.736s
Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNS
Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNS

Riders' World Championship:

1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 210 points
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 160 points (-50) 
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 146 points (-64) 
4. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 125 points (-85) 
5. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 120 points (-90) 
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 96 points (-114) 
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 89 points (-121) 
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 86 points (-124) 
9. Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 81 points (-129) 
10. Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 78 points (-132) 
11. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 67 points (-143) 
12. Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 60 points (-150) 
13. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 54 points (-156) 
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 45 points (-165) 
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42 points (-168) 
16. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 42 points (-168) 
17. Alvaro Bautista SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41 points (-169) 
18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 39 points (-171) 
19. Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 27 points (-183) 
20. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 24 points (-186) 
21. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 23 points (-187) 
22. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 13 points (-197) 
23. Alex Lowes GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 3 points (-207) 

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