MotoGP: Repsol Honda's Answer To Valentino Rossi's Drama

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The 2015 MotoGP Championship was an action packed event, especially with what happened between Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, and Marc Marquez. The 2015 Championship was won by Lorenzo after Valentino Rossi lost — what could have been his 10th MotoGP title — by just 5 points.

After the final race, Valentino Rossi had a few words to say to the media, "I'm not desperate because I think I play my cards in the best way. But I am very sad for this finish because, as I said in Italian, I was ready to lose the championship to Jorge, who is always very fast on the track. But [to lose the championship] in this way, for me, is not fair."

And in reply, this is what Honda Racing Corporation's (HRC) executive VP, Shuhei Nakamoto had to say, "This is not the atmosphere we wanted to experience at the end of an unforgettable championship. We understand that it's been a very difficult day for Valentino, after leading the championship for 17 races and losing by just five points in the final race must be very disappointing."

"However, on the other side, we cannot accept the strong accusations he has directed against our rider and Honda in the past weeks and in today's post-race press conference. Together with the allegation he made after Phillip Island, there is no evidence to support these accusations, only the fact that Marc took five points away from Valentino's competitor in the championship, Jorge."

"Today, Valentino has alleged that Marc never attempted to pass Jorge, who has clearly had a very good pace all weekend, which he demonstrated by taking a strong pole position in qualifying. Marc was struggling to stay behind him during the race and both him and Dani have done a great job to not lose too much distance to Jorge. Marc's plan was to attack in the last lap, as we have seen many times in the past. If the opportunity presents itself, he will try."

"Dani's pace increased at the end of the race and he overtook Marc but ran wide and Marc was able to immediately pass him back, but this is racing. We are sorry that Valentino doesn't believe this is the case, but we are certain both Marc and Dani were pushing 100 percent to achieve the best result for the Repsol Honda Team and all our partners as always."

"We cannot accept that these accusations continue to surface time after time, as this is the perception of one person-which we respect-but it is not the reality."

"Valentino is a great champion and clearly an intelligent individual, so we truly hope that in time, once the dust settles, he can re-evaluate what has happened and accept this was another great race from a wonderful season, and it's a shame to spoil it. Marc and Dani have taken points away from both Valentino and Jorge this year, this is the nature of racing."

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 15:52 [IST]
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