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Valentino Rossi dismisses Dani Pedrosa's criticism of his riding

Valentino Rossi Yamaha Aragon MotoGP 2017

Valentino Rossi has shrugged off Dani Pedrosa's complaints over his defending in the Aragon MotoGP race.

Second-place finisher Pedrosa said Rossi had been "unfair" in squeezing him to the left side of the track as they battled on the back straight.

"You can go to the left but to go to the line, and make the other guy go off the track at 300km/h, it's not the best thing," said Pedrosa.

When the comments were put to Rossi, he dismissed Pedrosa's argument.

"If he's not happy, he has to race alone," Rossi said. "This is what I think.

"Because everybody did the same to me when I want to overtake, especially on the last lap. But sincerely, exit of [Turn] 14, you always go to the left.

"Maybe I go one metre more. I don't know, maybe these riders think that they own the track."

Rossi, making an earlier-than-expected return to MotoGP track action this weekend after his leg-breaking training accident just over three weeks ago, spent much of the race in the leading group, having qualified on the front row.

The Yamaha rider eventually finished fifth, just six seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez - a result he "never thought" would be possible heading into Aragon.

"I tried the maximum for the best result but at the end I was tired - but sincerely I never thought I could arrive in the top five, and I feel quite good," Rossi said.

"I'm very proud, I'm very happy because one week ago I didn't know if I'm able to race.

"But we work well, we did the right choice, maybe also risking a bit. But I wanted to try to not lose another race because the more races you lose, the more time you need to come back at your level."

Rossi says he was held back by his injury, as he felt "more tired than normal" and could have reached the finish "some seconds earlier" if he had been "fully fit".

But he reckons his late-race pace also suffered because of a Yamaha weakness.

"We are quite competitive. But unfortunately we still suffer too much with the degradation of the rear tyre," Rossi said.

"The second half of the race for us is a problem.

"At this moment, Ducati and Honda are better. We have to work."

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