Rossi and Marquez dedicate Catalan race to Salom


Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez each dedicated their performances in Sunday's Catalan Grand Prix to Moto2 rider Luis Salom after his death in practice on Friday.

Salom, 24, was killed in a crash on at turn 12, in an incident that led to the track layout being modified in a move criticised by Rossi and Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who both claimed the changes benefited Marquez's Repsol Honda team.

That proved not to be the case as Rossi won a thrilling duel with Marquez to take the victory ahead of the Spaniard, who now leads the MotoGP world championship by 10 points after Lorenzo was knocked off his bike by Ducati's Andrea Iannone.

Saturday's media conference had been an icy one due to the disagreement between the two Yamaha riders and Marquez over the layout alterations.

However, Rossi and Marquez put their differences aside post-race with a warm handshake and - along with Dani Pedrosa - wore t-shirts in memory of Salom on the podium.

Rossi told BT Sport: "I was in front for all the race, I was pushing a lot. I wasn't able to give enough gap for Marquez to escape. I was worried at the end [but] I was able to take the small gap that is so important.

"It is a great victory, one of the best of my career and it is for Luis Salom and his family."

Expressing similar sentiments, Marquez said: "[It] was a really difficult race for me. I was starting a lot at the front, at the end I was in the limit.

"When I saw Lorenzo on the pit wall, the mentality changed a little bit. We had a great battle with Rossi and it is important we are now leading the championship. This battle is of course for Luis Salom."