Rossi’s fury at wild-rid­ing Mar­quez

Vale says he feels scared on track with Mar­quez

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Valentino Rossi launched a no-holds­barred at­tack on bit­ter ri­val Marc Mar­quez af­ter be­ing taken out by the Spa­niard on lap 20 of Sun­day’s Ar­gen­tinian Grand Prix.

It was yet another es­ca­la­tion in a bit­ter feud be­tween the pair stretch­ing back to their in­fa­mous 2015 col­li­sion at Sepang. Back them it was Rossi that came out ahead, but this time a move from Mar­quez pushed Rossi wide, onto the grass caus­ing the Ital­ian to crash out of sixth po­si­tion.

The fu­ri­ous nine-time world cham­pion launched an in­cred­i­ble at­tack on Mar­quez af­ter Sun­day’s race, cit­ing pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents both dur­ing Sun­day’s race and over the past few years that he says makes the Spa­niard un­safe to race against.

“This is a very bad sit­u­a­tion. He has de­stroyed our sport be­cause he never has any re­spect for his ri­vals. If you take for ex­am­ple what hap­pened this week­end, it can hap­pen to any­body – you can make mis­takes, this is rac­ing, but from Fri­day morn­ing he has been like this with Viñales, Dovizioso, me on Satur­day morn­ing and to­day in the race he hit four riders. He does it pur­posely, and it is not a mis­take be­cause he points his leg be­tween your leg and the bike be­cause he knows he will not crash but he hopes you crash.

“If you start to play like this, you raise the level to a very dan­ger­ous point. If all the riders race like this with­out any re­spect for their riders this be­comes a very dan­ger­ous sport and it will fin­ish in a bad way.”

And with Rossi be­liev­ing that the move is only the lat­est in a se­ries of in­ci­dents, he says that Mo­togp or­gan­is­ers need to take con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion be­fore some­one gets hurt. Go­ing to Race Di­rec­tion af­ter the race to make a com­plaint about the sit­u­a­tion he’s made it clear that fur­ther ac­tion needs to be taken.

“I’m scared on the track when I am with Mar­quez. I was scared to­day when I saw his name on my board be­cause I know he has come to win, you just hope you don’t crash! I’m not Race Di­rec­tion, but they will de­cide. Like this, he has de­stroyed our sport. When you go at 300kph on the track you have to have re­spect for your ri­vals.

“I do not know what is the right penalty, but I wanted to speak to Race Di­rec­tion as I do not feel pro­tected by the Race Di­rec­tion. When you don’t feel pro­tected you have to make your own, as noth­ing hap­pens. If noth­ing hap­pens, next race he will do ex­actly the same. I do not have fun when he is with me. He raises the level, he does not play clean. He does not play ag­gres­sive, he plays dirty.”

And even an at­tempt from Mar­quez to apol­o­gise in the im­me­di­ate after­math of the race didn’t come close to re­pair­ing their re­la­tion­ship. Mar­quez was blocked from en­ter­ing the Yamaha garage by Rossi’s crew and Rossi was dis­mis­sive of the at­tempt to make amends.

“His apol­ogy was a joke and he can shove it up his ass. It was PR. He did not have the balls to come in to my of­fice alone, like al­ways, he comes with his man­ager, with Honda, in front of all the cam­eras be­cause this is what is im­por­tant for him. He doesn’t care about you. I don’t want him to speak to me be­cause I know it is not true what he says to me.”

‘His apol­ogy was a joke and he can shove it up his ass’ VALENTINO ROSSI

Ben Spies @Ben­spies11 He passes like you do when you flat­track mini bikes with friends. He’s al­ways had a prob­lem brak­ing be­hind peo­ple as well which I don’t un­der­stand. Jeremy Mcwil­liams @Mcwill99 Great­est re­spect for MM93’S tal­ent but us­ing your competitors as berms isn’t re­ally ac­cept­able, the crime doesn’t fit the pun­ish­ment in my opin­ion. Alex Lowes @alexlowes22 Un­be­liev­able tal­ent Marc Mar­quez but he needs to learn some re­spect! Troy Bayliss @Troy­baylis­stic One has style, one is a goon Carl Fog­a­rty @carl­fog­a­rty What the f**k @mar­c­mar­quez93! Don’t think @ Valeyel­low46 will be buy­ing him a beer any­time soon?!!! James El­li­son @racin­gel­li­son “A mis­take caused by track con­di­tions?” Lame ex­cuse. He went around that cor­ner about 20 times be­fore the crash so would have known ex­actly where the damp patches were and if there was a pos­si­bil­ity to pass there. YOU were the cause of Rossi’s crash @ mar­c­mar­quez93 noth­ing else. Jonathan Rea @jonathanrea That was a stress­ful race! @Mo­togp thanks for the en­ter­tain­ment! Tommy Bridewell @tom­my­bridewell Bril­liant @Mo­togp race! OK Mar­quez was a bit wild but what a ride from him! His speed and abil­ity is amaz­ing!

Fu­ri­ous Rossi says Mar­quez lacks re­spect for his fel­low competitors in Mo­togp

The Honda star’s at­tempt to apol­o­gise was a PR stunt, ac­cord­ing to the Ital­ian

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