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Nakamoto: "This is not the atmosphere we wanted"

Nakamoto: 'This is not the atmosphere we wanted'

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez sign off the season with podium double, Nakamoto responds to Rossi

Repsol Honda celebrate a double podium in Valencia and a strong end to the season.

The Valencian Grand Prix concluded the 2015 MotoGP season in style, with a thrilling premier class race in which Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished in second and third place, respectively. The Repsol Honda Team riders pushed for victory right up until the final corner, in a fitting end to an excellent year of racing. Marquez finished the season third in the overall standings, with Pedrosa fourth.

Round 18 of the MotoGP World Championship lived up to the billing, with an exciting spectacle for the fans. Sharing the front row, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez formed a leading group, quickly beginning to distance themselves from the rest of the field. The time differences between the trio were minimal throughout the race, at just over a second, until on the final laps the Repsol Honda Team riders made a final effort to take the win. Pedrosa overtook Marquez two laps from the end, with the move returned shortly after when he ran wide. Neither were able to get close enough to Lorenzo to prevent him from winning the race -en route to the MotoGP title.

With this result, Pedrosa has reached one hundred podiums in the premier class –a milestone that had only previously been achieved by Valentino Rossi.

Repsol, as the main sponsor of the factory Honda team in MotoGP, have expressed to their riders the company’s pride in them over this past season. In a very difficult year, both Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez have overcome many difficulties and provided an example of the values that make sport great: Dedication, fair play and competitiveness. With this in mind, we are saddened by the disparaging statements made by Valentino Rossi in his press conference after losing the World Championship. Champions show their worth in defeat as well as in victory.

Marc Marquez: "It was a very difficult race. I came out focused, as usual, and initially Jorge pushed strongly. I found it hard to follow him, and at that time Dani was two seconds off us. There were a few laps in which I was really on the limit, forcing the front tyre – which moved around a lot. With about six laps to go, I felt that we could win because I had caught up to Jorge. I did not expect Dani to come through so quickly, and when he passed me he ran wide. I used that to pass him back but Jorge had escaped by half a second making it impossible to recover the gap, even though I rode the last lap and the entire race at 100%."

Dani Pedrosa: "I'm very happy and I enjoyed the race – especially in the final part! I was a little bit distant from the battle in third. I couldn't find the way to go faster because I had problems when braking and cornering; it's been hard for us to find a good setup for the bike this weekend and I was able to be up at the front but without a good feeling. During the race I tried to counter this, but it was difficult. In the end I found the way to be faster and I was able to ride better and recover ground. When I caught up I saw that there were two laps remaining and I tried to attack, but when I overtook Marc I ran wide and he returned the pass. I am happy because what I can take from here – as well as the third place in the race and fourth in the Championship – is the attitude and the progress we have made in the final part of the season. We've been very strong and I hope that we can continue that this winter and next year."

Shuhei Nakamoto: "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% 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 reevaluate 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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MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Repsol Honda Team, #TheGrandFinale, #ValenciaGP

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