Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished fourth in yesterday's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. He was nine seconds behind the race winner Dani Pedrosa but said afterward that he just caught the last corner skirmish between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez from behind his Yamaha's bubble, and then later watched it on TV once.
Rossi basically ran the same move on Sete Gibernau in 2005 in the final corner at Jerez. None too surprisingly he found little fault in Marquez's slam-pass.
Rossi giggled at times when trying to explain the incident. "You know, it's the last corner on the last lap. Jorge left him room on the inside. It is normal that Jorge is upset especially after the race. This is racing. Last lap, last corner. Two great champions. This is one of the good things (about) racing."
The Italian did have a regret though. That he wasn't closer to the podium battle so he could have been in on the final corner drama.
"I'm very very upset that I wasn't fast enough to go with Marquez and be in the last corner together (with them)," Rossi said.
And with just a hint of sinister humor, he said, "Maybe also this would be fun."