Formula One identities Mark Webber and Martin Brundle attended the Valencia Grand Prix hoping to see a fairytale ending but ended up "frustrated" by a race that denied Valentino Rossi a 10th world championship.
Webber and Brundle flew to Valencia from the UK on Sunday morning for the final race along with Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness.
While the trio was very complimentary to Jorge Lorenzo for his championship, it was the chance of Rossi winning that was the big incentive for going to Valencia.
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The Valencia GP was won by Yamaha rider Lorenzo who led all 30 laps from pole position to claim his third MotoGP world championship.
But it was the controversy of Rossi accusing Honda rider Marc Marquez of riding as "bodyguard" behind Lorenzo that dominated the final race.
"It was a phenomenal season for both Valentino and Jorge," Webber said.
"I said to Mark after the race how is Rossi going to find the energy to come back now, it looked like his moment for another championship was Valencia," Brundle said.
"Who knows, he may bounce back but it will be hard.
"I’m a big MotoGP fan and got up at 5 a.m. to fly to Valencia with Mark to see Rossi win the championship but it didn’t happen.
"But Lorenzo won it in style and you cannot take anything away from him, leading every lap from pole after a great qualifying.
"I know a lot of people will question whether Marc was trying hard enough to win and if Pedrosa could have made his move stick on Marquez maybe he had a better chance of a run at Lorenzo late in the race."