Rossi and Mar­quez bat­tle on track for the first time since in­fa­mous 2015 Sepang clash

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - AT SIL­VER­STONE MO­TOGP REPORTER si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­

Valentino Rossi might not have re­peated his suc­cess of last year by win­ning Sun­day’s Bri­tish Grand Prix, but the nine-time world cham­pion in­stead achieved an­other im­por­tant goal, beat­ing Marc Mar­quez in the duo’s first proper clash since the in­fa­mous Sepang col­li­sion last year.

Run­ning to­gether in the fight for the fi­nal podium spot for much of the race, along­side sec­ond-placed fin­isher Cal Crutchlow and even­tual faller An­drea Ian­none, the pair traded paint in a way that they haven’t since it ended in dis­as­ter last year dur­ing the Malaysian Grand Prix.

And while it might not have been enough to fully reignite the hopes of Rossi beat­ing Mar­quez in the 2016 Mo­togp ti­tle fight, the Ital­ian did con­cede af­ter the race that he quite en­joyed the scrap!

Rossi said: “It was a great bat­tle with Ian­none and Mar­quez. It was def­i­nitely strong but al­ways fair. Mar­quez is al­ways very ag­gres­sive but com­pared to the Sepang bat­tle this one was a lot dif­fer­ent as both of us had the same tar­get VALENTINO ROSSI

– to ar­rive in front and go faster. This was the dif­fer­ence and I en­joyed it a lot.

“It was a great race, a great fight with Crutchlow, Mar­quez and Ian­none. There were hard bat­tles from the be­gin­ning to the end and when I was fifth with Mar­quez and Ian­none in

‘It was a great bat­tle. It was def­i­nitely strong but al­ways fair’

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