MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has denied trying to help the Ducati riders get ahead of his main rivals in qualifying.

Unbeaten in all ten races this season and denied pole just twice, Marquez towed the Factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso to second on the grid last weekend at Indianapolis.

Pramac's Andrea Iannone then shadowed the Repsol Honda rider to briefly take pole at Brno on Saturday, on his way to third behind Marquez and Dovizioso.

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Valentino Rossi believes it is more than just a coincidence and that the 'clever' Marquez is using the Ducatis to his advantage.

Marquez admitted he would have backed off if Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo or Rossi were following him, but the Repsol Honda rider rejected the suggestion it is a deliberate tactic.

"No [it is not on purpose], but the problem is that it is impossible to care about everybody and in the end you need to do your qualifying," Marquez said. "You just try to control the main opponents - Dani, Jorge and Valentino.

"The rest, of course this is motorcycling. It has always been like that and always will. Everybody likes to find a slipstream and the best slipstream is from the fastest riders. So for me it is normal.

"Sometimes in Moto3 or Moto2 it happens too much, but in MotoGP there are not too many riders and it is normal that people want to follow you. Then it is your decision if you close the gas or not.

"Of course if Dani, Valentino or Jorge were behind me I would close [the throttle]. But if it is another rider for me it doesn't matter."

Speaking specifically about the Iannone tow, Marquez added: "I made a mistake and ran wide at the last corner, then I heard Iannone's bike and I thought 'f**k, he will get the pole!'

"So I pushed one more lap because I knew that he had gone faster than me. Because at the beginning of the lap I couldn't hear his engine, but at that the end of the lap he was there [closer]."

Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Rossi will start fifth, sixth and seventh on the grid - but were all within 0.236s of pole.

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This is just mischief-making from Rossi.
'Valentino Rossi believes it could be more than just a coincidence and that Marquez is consciously trying to use the Ducatis to his advantage.'
Rossi's wasting his time trying to get into MM's head and even if it were deliberate, well as some other posters have said, it would be a pretty smart thing to do. The Ducatis will be quick at the start & get in the way whilst Marc makes a clean break (assuming he gets the start).

Brain: Is it just me, but does Rossi seem exceptionally whiny this weekend.

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MM: ""Of course if Dani, Valentino or Jorge were behind me I would close [the throttle]. But if it is another rider for me it doesn't matter.”

So basically MM says no and at the same time confirms he does...eh?

Anyway. a job well done. Looks like there are no more Yamaha tracks. The Test time payed off... Hope Pedrose doesn't screw up his tire choice.