MotoGP: Rossi and Marquez friends again?

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Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi may have finally put to bed the bitter feud that has raged between them since Sepang last year; one small silver lining to a tough weekend for the MotoGP paddock at the Catalan Grand Prix following the tragic death of Luis Salom.

The two world champions have barely acknowledged each other since their on-track collision last October and the hostile war of words that has raged since. But, with the weekend’s events helping to put things into context for the duo, Rossi extended a hand to his rival in the winners’ enclosure after the race, hopefully bringing the war to an end.

The gesture came not only after the weekend’s events but also after a frantic but clean battle on track between the pair in the second half of Sunday’s race – even if Marquez admitted afterwards that while he pushed Rossi right to the chequered flag, he never really felt he had the beating of the nine-time world champion.

“I was at the limit in the race behind Valentino. I was losing a lot, and the only place where I was stronger than him I had a big moment. Then I saw Lorenzo was out and my mind changed a little bit.

“I was planning the last lap, but I wasn’t comfortable, not like Mugello. I tried a little bit, but I wasn’t convinced. Maybe that was a mistake – I was there, but I was thinking about the championship, and I nearly crashed thinking about it!”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer