BRIT GP WEEKEND SPECIAL
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’