The drama continued at Sepang circuit as the battle between rivals Marc Marquez (93) and Valentino Rossi (46) reached a boiling point. Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa (26) went on to win his second race of the season. Photo Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha.
The conflict between Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez came to a head at the Malaysian Grand Prix and with it major championship implications. In their battle for third the pair clashed – Marquez crashed, Rossi penalized.
It was rather bizarre, with Rossi on the inside and running wide in turn 14, slowing down and pushing Marquez off line before contact was made (to see the video, click here). After the race, Rossi offered his explanation.
“Unfortunately I lose a lot of time with Marc and on the turn 14 I try to go a bit wide to take the better line and make him slow because he just tried for cause me some problem,” Rossi said. “But unfortunately, I don’t know, he come to me and I think he crash in that moment. But anyway it’s a shame I think that in a normal race we can stay and fight with Jorge [Lorenzo] so we lose some other points. And in Valencia will be more difficult.”
The end result of that clash, Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo gained more than just valuable points in the championship. After meeting with both riders in the incident and reviewing the evidence, race direction deemed Rossi’s riding as irresponsible and causing danger to the other competitors. As such, the nine-time World Champion was penalized three points and will start at the back of the grid at the final round in Valencia.