Rossi: Lorenzo overtake debate a joke


Valentino Rossi was frustrated by questions regarding his overtake of Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo at the San Marino Grand Prix a fortnight on from the incident, saying the situation has become "a joke".

Rossi and Lorenzo engaged in a public disagreement when the latter suggested he had been on the receiving end of an "aggressive" move by the seven-time world champion.

The Spaniard brought up the manoeuvre in a news conference ahead of the Aragon Grand Prix on Thursday, but his team-mate simply wants to move on.

"For me, if we have to speak for more than two weeks about this overtake, we are wasting our time. It's like a joke now, I think," said Rossi in quotes reported by

"For me, it's very important when you overtake that you know where the other bike is and are considering the corner.

"The more delayed an overtake, the more aggressive it is, and if you touch the other bike it's more aggressive.

"I overtook Lorenzo with all the bike a minimum of 20 metres before the corner, and if you see the images it's very clear that he saw me.

"He wanted to try to cross my line, he saw me but he expected me to go wide and crossed my line. If we have to speak about this overtake we need to not overtake any more. That's my point of view."