'Right moment' for Rossi, Marquez handshake

Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi talk spontaneous handshake after Argentina MotoGP race.
'Right moment' for Rossi, Marquez handshake

Seven months after Valentino Rossi declined Marc Marquez's offer of a handshake at Misano, the multiple MotoGP champions exchanged congratulations just before the podium ceremony in Argentina.

"It was a moment, you know?" explained Marquez, when asked about the handshake on the eve of this weekend's Austin round.

"When you give a kiss to the girl, same, in the moment!" he joked. "It was there, the moment, and we were alone! And we shake hands before the podium.

"It was a nice race. I never had a problem, so it's no problem to have a respectful relationship."

"Yeah, it was the right moment," added Rossi, whose roller-coaster relationship with Marquez plummeted a year earlier after contact from the Spaniard at Termas de Rio Hondo. "I make my congratulations because he did a very fast weekend, very fast race. So I think it's normal."