Valentino Rossi said he enjoyed his British Grand Prix battle with Marc Marquez after the two produced a thrilling scrap for the podium positions at Silverstone.
The fierce rivals swapped places numerous times with both coming close to contact on multiple occasions but Rossi had no issues with the manoeuvres on track, saying it was a different situation to their infamous Sepang confrontation.
“The only shame is Maverick didn’t wait for us, we need to have this fight for the victory!” he joked. “It was a strong battle but fair. Marquez is always very aggressive for sure but compared to the Sepang battle, this one was different because both riders had the same target, try to arrive in front and try to go faster. This was the difference and I enjoyed it a lot”.
Rossi went on to finish third after a mistake from Marquez on the penultimate lap, allowing him to close his championship lead down to 50 points, but with only six races remaining, the Italian still feels a tenth world title is beyond him for this year.
“The calculation is more difficult, 50 points with one race less than 53 with one race more. But I don’t care. I love these races and my target is to try to fight for the victory and arrive on the podium from here to the end and I’m already happy. For the championship, we will see but I think it will be very difficult.”