MotoGP stars keep an eye on Spain-Italy Euro 2016 clash

Rivalry between Italy and Spain will extend beyond football on Monday when the two nations play out their last 16 encounter at Euro 2016, with MotoGP riders keeping a keen eye on proceedings.

The two nations make up a large majority of the field in the 2016 MotoGP season, with Spaniard Marc Marquez leading the way after seven races, closely followed by Jorge Lorenzo and Italian veteran Valentino Rossi.

“We were very unlucky to be drawn against Spain,” Rossi told reporters, “maybe each side has a 50 percent chance of winning.”

Fellow Yamaha rider Lorenzo was equally pensive when discussing the game, which will take place a day after the Assen GP in Netherlands on Sunday.

“I hope Spain win,” the Mallorcan rider noted, “but I was surprised by the Croatia defeat. Now we have to overcome that disappointment and if we play well, we can win.”

“Spain will win, of course,” spoke a confident Marquez, “but I also thought that before the Croatia game. Of course, the game will be easier for the football team than the race will be for me.”

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