Rossi prepared to play changed 'game'
22 October 2017 – Valentino Rossi says MotoGP tactics have become "a bit more dangerous" but insists he is prepared to match his rivals, after a frenetic battle at the Australian Grand Prix.
Rossi was a key player in a race-long scrap among the leaders at Phillip Island, in which he brushed bikes with Johann Zarco and Marc Márquez, and had to sit up to avoid a lunging Andrea Iannone.
Rossi ultimately finished second after prevailing in a drag to the line against Maverick Viñales and Zarco, and commented on the race craft used in the scrap.
"Especially in the last period the level of aggression and contact during the race is raised a lot, especially when the young riders arrive from Moto2," he said.
"Zarco is always very aggressive; you can get angry, but it doesn't change anything.
"This the game, if you want to play it's like this, it's a bit more dangerous, but this is the way, if not you have to stay home.
"I enjoyed [the race] very much, it was a great, great race.
"[At the start] I had a good pace, after that I had to fight, especially with Zarco, and then Iannone, who I think are the two worst riders for fighting.
"I remember also I had a fight with Iannone in 2015 and he beat me on the last lap. I tried the maximum also with Zarco, with Márquez.
"It was a great race, I enjoyed it a lot."