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Marc Marquez Reacts to Contact with Valentino Rossi at Sepang
Marc Marquez walked away from the Shell Malaysia Grand Prix with zero points, and suggests that Valentino Rossi pushed on his arm and brake with his left leg.
Earlier today we posted an interview where Valentino Rossi described the incident between he and Marc Marquez from his point of view, and mentioned that there's two sides to ever story. How does Marquez's side of the story differ?
Well, the crew at MotoGP.com has gone back to find out. You can read Marquez opinion on the incident, as well as his opinion on the action leading up to the incident, below.
(This interview originally appeared on MotoGP.com)
Can you explain what happened with Valentino Rossi?
“Yeah of course you know for me it is easy to explain what happened because on the TV you can see clear. You can see in the video from many points, the helicopter, from in front. I was inside and of course we were overtaking for some laps but I felt I was able to be faster and to catch the front guys. But yeah, on that corner, corner 14, Valentino passed me. I heard the bike then I pick it up, but then I saw that he was completely straight and looking at me and stopping a lot. I was just waiting because there was nothing to do in that point and then I saw that with his leg he pushed my arm and my front brake and then I lock the front wheel and I crash.
Luckily I am good, in good physical condition, this is the most important but you know during my career I have many moments you know, I mean many battles and everything, but never have I felt this. That another rider give me a big push and push me out with the leg. But in the end, my result in the race was zero points. This was of course not my target, my target was to finish these two races on the podium, but it is like this.”
Did you pay attention to what Valentino Rossi said?
“You know I don’t want to be inside more on the Championship and on the season. For me it’s a race decision just I explain what I feel. I explained what I feel. I know that I finish on the gravel, I crash and I have zero points and Valentino will start last in Valencia. But you know, what I feel is that is race incident is not a race incident.”
How is it possible for a rider to intentionally knock another rider off and still receive points?
“For that reason I am like this, because of course we can fight, we can overtake, we can have small contact, but in this race until that moment we never had contact. I overtake him but always in a good place, but I don’t know how inside the helmet you can think to push out with the leg another rider so…Yeah I never see that, okay I am very young but for that reason I am very disappointed.”
This all seem to start at the Press Conference on Thursday and has just continued…
“Yes of course on Thursday Valentino surprised everybody after my victory in Phillip Island, but you know I didn’t consider that because I just did my weekend. I was struggling during all weekend to set up the bike well, as you saw in the video it was moving a lot. I know that I was struggling a lot in the first part of the race with the full tank because the geometry we use I was struggling a little bit, but I know that the second part of the race was my strongest point and my target was to fight with Jorge, Valentino and Dani. We tried but in the end another rider pushed me out. So in the end it is zero points, okay, still I was fighting for third place in the championship but now that’s it.”