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front I thought it would be dif­fi­cult to get on the podium. But I did not give up, I rode at the limit and was lucky at the end, but it is an im­por­tant podium for me. The only shame is that Mav­er­ick didn’t wait for us be­cause we needed to fight for the vic­tory!”

Un­able to run the pace of the lead­ing group dur­ing the week­end in the dry prac­tice ses­sions, even though he was blis­ter­ingly fast in the wet, Rossi dug deep on Sun­day, call­ing on his decades of ex­pe­ri­ence to up his game.

Per­haps sand­bag­ging to an ex­tent dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing, Rossi made the right move when it came to se­lect­ing which Miche­lins tyres to take to the track on


first mis­take of the race, Mar­quez also be­came un­usu­ally flus­tered, mak­ing more mis­takes as the race pro­gressed and he tried to stay in touch with the podium bat­tle.

Run­ning with Crutchlow af­ter the pair broke free of Rossi in the clos­ing stages, a 200mph con­tact with his fel­low Honda rider on the Hangar Straight on the penul­ti­mate lap ruled him out of con­tention for the podium fight.

Mar­quez said: “I tried to man­age the race be­hind Valentino as I know he is the main op­po­nent for the ti­tle and then with five laps left I started to at­tack, and maybe I at­tacked too much and took too many risks.

“But I be­lieved I was able to fin­ish sec­ond and for that rea­son I pushed. I made the mis­take with Cal and lost a few po­si­tions but the most im­por­tant thing is step-by-step the Honda is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.”

‘I at­tacked but maybe I at­tacked too much and took too many risks’

Paint-scrap­ing ag­gres­sion all round but Rossi ad­mit­ted he rel­ished the ex­pe­ri­ence Champ or chump? Lorenzo barely fea­tured

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