Webber, Brundle, McGuinness ‘frustrated’ after MotoGP finale
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.
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.
"At 36 Rossi is unbelievable and most of us were attached to the emotion of him winning a 10th championship.
"So it was a letdown with Marc getting involved and mixing it up with Valentino as a carryover from their clashes in Argentina and Assen.
"At Valencia there were three Hondas in the race, Lorenzo and then the two Hondas behind. There was no pressure from behind at all on Jorge.
"Marc did the whole race behind and only when Dani arrived did Marquez start to race, it was frustrating to watch."
Brundle said he was stunned by the atmosphere at the track but like a lot of spectators wondered if the result could have been different and just what the future is for Rossi, who will be 37 in 2016.
"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."
McGuinness also wondered what might have been without the feud between Marquez and Rossi that started in Sepang and resulted in penalty for Rossi to start from last on the grid at Valencia.
"I love Marquez because he is a fantastic rider and has been world champion twice but he was definitely getting involved in the championship," McGuinness said.
"And I love Valentino and Jorge, they are both brilliant riders and great champions but it was just frustrating to see Valentino running around in fourth place and not being able to make a race of it.
"But a great job by Lorenzo, he led every lap to win although the fairytale would have been Rossi at 36 years of age."