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Marquez likens Rossi handshake to kissing a girl

Daniel Herrero

Friday 12th April, 2019 - 10:26am

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Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi in the press conference ahead of the Grand Prix of The Americas

Marc Marquez has joked that his handshake with Valentino Rossi before the podium in Argentina was similar to the spontaneity of kissing a girl.

The two MotoGP stars have had a hostile relationship at times, highlighted by the infamous Sepang incident of 2015.

After another flare-up in last year’s Argentina MotoGP, Rossi refused Marquez’s offer of a handshake in the pre-round press conference at Misano in September following the Spaniard’s comments about wanting to “make peace” with the Italian.

A fortnight ago at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, however, when Marquez took a dominant victory and Rossi made a late move to take second position from Andrea Dovizioso, they did shake hands while waiting to step out on the podium.

Marquez could not offer a specific reason when asked as to why the exchange occurred, but suggested that it simply felt appropriate.

“It was the moment. Like when you kiss a girl in the right moment, it’s the same,” laughed the Repsol Honda rider.

“It was there, the moment, and we were alone, and we shook hands on the podium after a nice race.

“I never had a problem so it’s no problem to have a respectful relationship.”

Rossi added, “It was the right moment, I make my congratulations because it was a very fast weekend, a very fast race, so I think it’s normal.”

Marquez takes a four-point championship lead over Dovizioso into Round 3 of the season, which starts tomorrow morning (AEST) at the Circuit of the Americas.

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