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Valentino Rossi was dis­ap­pointed to walk away from Va­len­cia with­out a podium po­si­tion to his name, after miss­ing out in a scrap with ri­vals Marc Mar­quez and An­drea Ian­none.

How­ever, he was happy to take one sil­ver lin­ing from the race, after thor­oughly en­joy­ing a fe­ro­cious bat­tle with the pair that lasted for most of the race, and ended up be­ing one of the high­lights of the 2016 sea­son.

“I am not happy to lose the podium. It was very tough race but it was fun, and there were a lot of bat­tles. At half race I was able to over­take Ian­none and stay for some laps in sec­ond place, but I was not fast enough to make a gap.

“In the sec­ond half of the race, Mar­quez was faster than us and then the fight started with Ian­none. As al­ways with Ian­none it is a fight to the death, there was no mar­gin. It was hard but good. Un­for­tu­nately, Ian­none was faster, and he did a great last lap. I tried ev­ery­thing but it was not enough for the podium.”

But with the sea­son now be­hind him, Rossi says he’s pleased with the out­come of the year over­all, even though he missed out on the chance for a record-break­ing 10th world ti­tle.

“The 2016 sea­son brought a lot of pos­i­tive things; sec­ond place in the cham­pi­onship, a lot of podi­ums and front row starts. Next year I want to try to win more races – more than two, but we are al­ways com­pet­i­tive. Un­for­tu­nately, I made some mis­takes and I was a bit un­lucky with the en­gine in Mugello so I was a bit too far be­hind in the cham­pi­onship, but any­way it was a good sea­son.”

Rossi lost out to Ian­none and Mar­quez in the bat­tle for a podium place

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