Rossi admits mistake made it easy for Márquez
19 May 2014 – Although delighted with his result, Valentino Rossi admitted that he made it too easy for a recovering Marc Márquez to take the lead during Sunday's French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
Rossi claimed his third runners-up slot of the season in France but took the lead during the early stages and held it until he ran wide at Garage Bleu, allowing Márquez to move into a lead which he never relinquished.
Rossi recovered from his error but was unable to challenge Márquez and eventually came home a couple of seconds behind the Spaniard.
"For sure I'm very happy about the race and the result," said Rossi. "I made a very good start and when I saw [Andrea] Dovizioso and [Stefan] Bradl in front I knew I could go faster than them so I overtook. I got in front and tried as hard as possible but it was more difficult with the front, maybe because the asphalt was hot.
"Anyway I tried the maximum and my pace was not so bad. I was waiting for Marc or Jorge [Lorenzo] and Dani [Pedrosa] to arrive, when Marc arrived I tried to push a lot to stay on the 1'34.0 to make the work difficult for him but in the crucial moment of the race I made a mistake in braking.
"I braked a little bit too deep and went wide. It's a great pity as it was too easy for Marc. If not we could have fought a little bit because I was not so bad, difficult to beat but for sure more fun. I hoped he would wait for me but... he didn't!"
Rossi, who said last week that he wants to remain in MotoGP for a further two years, made it clear that he is happy despite missing out on victory.
"We'll have to try again next week in Mugello, I want to do a good weekend and try to fight with him another time," he said. "I'm happy because my target is to be competitive, to stay with the front and fight with them. At this moment I'm not able to win a race but I am always there and I'm enjoying it very much."