"Stupid" Iannone haters "not my real supporters" - Rossi

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi lashed out at the hate directed towards compatriot Andrea Iannone after the Ducati rider beat Rossi to third place at Phillip Island.

"Stupid" Iannone haters "not my real supporters" - Rossi
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team and Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team overtakes Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team celebrates his third place on the podium
Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

Iannone narrowly edged Rossi in a thrilling battle for the last podium spot last weekend, denying the Yamaha rider crucial points in his title fight against teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

But Rossi was magnanimous in defeat and vented his frustrations at the abuse directed towards Iannone on social media by his own fans in the aftermath of the race.

"In reality, [those who attacked Iannone] are not my real supporters," he said. "It’s difficult to follow when you’re not in Italy, so I only heard after the race. It’s a great shame, because these people are very stupid.

"Unfortunately, it’s the age of the social network where everybody can say their idea, even if it’s a very stupid idea.

"People like to speak bad about other guys that are luckier than them, with more talent, and are happier because they do what they love for a living.

"A lot of time on my social networks, you have these stupid people who speak about your life and about your mum, and it’s a great shame because you cannot speak with them; it’s a waste of time.

"I’m very sorry for Andrea, he just did his normal race and he should be trying to beat me."

Iannone shrugs off abuse

Iannone himself dismissed whatever negativity there was after the race, accentuating that he gets plenty of support on social media.

"On my Facebook and Instagram I have a lot of comments, but 90 percent of them are positive," he said. "For the negative, I think it's only [their] opinion, and it's a small part compared to the other people.

"I'm happy to have support from the fans and I'm looking forward to this weekend and I'm focussing on these last two races."

shares
comments
De Angelis says injuries "won't prevent him from continuing to race"
Previous article

De Angelis says injuries "won't prevent him from continuing to race"

Next article

Rossi: Marquez was out to help Lorenzo at Phillip Island

Rossi: Marquez was out to help Lorenzo at Phillip Island
Load comments
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Prime

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Prime

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Prime

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Prime

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo Prime

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021
What's really fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Prime

What's really fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

MotoGP
Nov 2, 2021
The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano Prime

The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Prime

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Motorsport.com pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on.

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021