NO PODIUM FOR ROSSI
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