Rossi stung by home round defeat at the hands of Pedrosa
Valentino Rossi was unhappy with his performance during his home race on Sunday, admitting after the event, only 13 miles from his home town of Tavullia, that the sting of losing out to Dani Pedrosa was magnified by the significance of the race to him.
Looking all weekend to be in with a chance of taking victory for the second time in three years at the Adriatic Coast venue and in front of a record crowd of over 100,000 fans, most of whom seemed to be supporting Rossi, the nine-time champion delivered on his promises by spending the majority of Sunday’s race clear at the front.
However, even he couldn’t resist the stunning late charge from Dani Pedrosa that eventually relegated him back to second – a result that hurt him deeply.
“It was a good weekend, and we worked well on the bike to improve it. I made a good start, tried to go in front, and pushed at my maximum. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, as always, but I knew that I had the pace to stay there. But after Pedrosa arrived, I tried to resist and couldn’t. He was too strong.
“If I was not in Misano, I would have been very happy with second. But today was more important than other days to arrive first and I wasn’t able to.
“The weekend is always very demanding and very difficult, but everything is repaid on the sighting lap. It’s a fantastic feeling that’s hard to explain.”
But while Rossi may well have re-ignited hostilities with Lorenzo following Sunday’s race, he was quick to pay tribute to Marquez. Admitting that despite taking 10 points from Marc Marquez’s title lead in two races, he still doesn’t believe he can win a recordbreaking tenth title in 2016 and he was quick to compliment the Spaniard.
“It’s still too big a gap, 43 points and five races to go. But despite the championship, it’s always a great feeling to arrive in front of Marquez, because he’s very strong and very fast and if you can beat him it means you did a great race.”
‘If I was not in Misano, I would have been very happy with second’ VALENTINO ROSSI