Rossi stung by home round de­feat at the hands of Pe­drosa

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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

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