Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez says Valentino Rossi 'lost control' in the heat of the MotoGP world title race after tension between the pair appeared to boil over at Sepang.

Rossi was unable to shake off Marquez in his efforts to chase after key title rival Jorge Lorenzo as he disputed third place with the outgoing world champion.

Following after a series of frantic overtakes between laps four and seven, the Italian forced Marquez wide before appearing to lash out at the Spaniard's Honda with his left leg, causing him to crash out of the race.

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The unsavoury incident came after Rossi had accused Marquez of favouring Lorenzo for the title in Thursday's pre-race press conference in Malaysia, claiming he 'helped' Lorenzo at Phillip Island.

Race Direction imposed three penalty points on Rossi and the Movistar Yamaha rider will start the final race at Valencia in Spain on November 8 from the back of the grid after accumulating a total of four penalty points [one point incurred at Misano].

Rossi did not have any championship points deducted and still holds an advantage of seven points at the top over Lorenzo.

"I don't know the reality, the vision, of Valentino's team. On Thursday [in the press conference] he pushed me really hard [about Phillip Island] and in Australia I won the race, so I don't know what they want," said Marquez, who passed Lorenzo at Phillip Island on the final lap to win the race.

"Here, I tried to push in the beginning. I did [2m] '0.8s. Then on the second lap I made a mistake at Turn 4, where I'd been struggling all weekend. And then even though we [Marquez and Rossi] overtake many times were riding fast, in 2m 1.9s.

"When he [Rossi] overtake me the first time, I tried to follow him, but then I saw I can be faster and then I tried to do my race.

"Of course, I tried to overtake him to try to push and open some gap between me and him. But he was overtaking really - normally when I overtake always I was inside of the corner, when he overtake he would go wide, come back.

"Of course Valentino was disturbing me and I was disturbing Valentino, because we couldn't find the best pace," Marquez added.

"When Valentino was in front he was not very fast and after this incident, his lap time was 2m 1s-high, 2m 2s-low and I thought that I was able to ride even faster."

Analysing the lap seven drama that brought Marquez's race to a shocking end, he added: "You can see easily on the TV that I go in, I heard that the Yamaha was coming, I shut [the throttle] a little bit and he stayed completely straight [on] the bike and he looked at me two times and I was [thinking] 'what's happening, what do I need to do', and I stayed there.

"I didn't expect that he would take off the leg and push my handlebars and my front brake. Then I lost the front and when I was in the floor I saw him look behind again.

"For me, it doesn't matter if you are Valentino or another rider, [in] this type of incident you are out of control. When you are a rider you know what is going on - to take off a leg and push another rider out, it is difficult how you can think this on the bike."

Marquez, giving a press briefing in the Repsol Honda hospitality on Sunday evening, said the seemingly personal battle between himself and Rossi 'cannot go any further'.

"I don't want to be involved in the middle of this but what I know is that I was out of the race and he was still riding; I get zero points, he gets 16. For me, the penalty is there and strange decision," said Marquez.

"Of course, what happened on Thursday was surprising for everybody, but I forget and I did my weekend. All the eyes were looking at me and Valentino and I got out in the race to try to do my race and I was pushing, trying to follow Jorge, but then we started to battle and I say, 'I will follow him to see how is the rhythm', and I saw that I was pushing him.

"When Jorge passed me I was not able to follow and also I was not able to follow Dani [Pedrosa]. I saw that Jorge had opened a little bit of a gap and I said, 'I will try to overtake him [Rossi] to try to push', but then when I overtake him we start many overtakes since we arrive in the moment [of the crash]," the 22-year-old added.

"I think this battle can not go more far because to arrive at the point when another rider kicks with the leg, we cannot arrive more far. I will try for next year and in Valencia to make a good set-up, a good bike and try to do a different type of race."

Repsol Honda team principal Livio Suppo added: "What happened today is something we never want to see in racing, as it is unacceptable that a rider would intentionally create a dangerous situation causing the crash of another rider.

"We love motorsport and we like to see riders competing for victory, but there must be a limit and mutual respect of each other."

Rossi denied that he kicked out at Marquez, saying his leg came off the footpeg after they made contact. Race Direction accepted that explanation since the available TV images did not prove otherwise.

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Funny hearing that from a guy everybody was worried about and probably became the synonim for being out of control. And Dorna seems to be ok with it, selling the show as "riding close".

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Rud Devil:
whyyoumadtho:
' you actually throttle towards Rossi to bring him down'

I'm not sure if you're high or not but Marquez was trying to go round Rossi there. The real question is, why did Rossi run him off wide and then go slow (and then kick him?). Answer that one big boy.

IF this was the other way round, I can only imagine the outrage by the Rossi fangirls.[\blockquote]

If you read my comment properly, you wouldn't need to question that. The answer was already there. I don't do Shakespeare so nothing cryptic. Rossi did what I normally do in those circumstances.

If you did watch the race, you shouldn't need further explanation to why the comments sections are littered with pro-VR stance.

...to be continued after several comment posts.[\blockquote]

100% For sure without a doubt. I've been watching GP for 20 years (Rossi's whole career and Marquez's as well). There is more supporting evidence in Rossi's defense that supports Rossi was frustrated an

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Face it Marc, the genetic wife beater mentality came out of you today due to the accusations Thursday from Rossi, stemming from your prior actions that were to some degree 'questionable' but today things seemed to 'rise to the top so to speak' and I'm going to have to side with Valentino on this one. I understand there have been some heated moments this season - Marquez is a growing/maturing rider that has lost all chances of securing another title and Rossi on the other hand is attempting to secure his 'allusive' 10th title and I'm sure both are not thinking in a normal matter. Lets say, takes a little time to travel from your head to your fist. Both are guilty, things are and will be altered forever so its time to move on remember - its racing.

Note: human nature is very predictable. For sure Marquez idolized Rossi. Prior confrontation led Marquez to 'quip' the comment about Rossi - today we learn something again from Rossi, no!? Don't think he's not taking notes, (Laguna Seca) [Dal

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Bring it on, the gauntlet has been thrown.Valencia beckons.

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Makrus: You people make me sick. Someone kicked a rider off a bike and you side with him? If someo e did that to vale would you have the same opinion?[\blockquote]

You have a very limited singular scene in your head. Did you see the full race? Rossi screwed up, but a normal thinking non-fanboy will understand why that happened.

MM let Lorenzo obviously pass without any signs of countering that. It looked like he was waiting. Then this ridiculous reduction of speed and, with absolutely nothing to loose, go absolutely ridiculous on the limit to almost ride someone off the track. Just for the fun of it.

Sorry, Rossi screwed up. Surely not the intention. MM is the culprit provoking the situation consciously.

...and "kicking a rider off the bike" right...MM ran into Rossi would be another option. The knee just to protect himself against the bike-weapon MM was on... Imagine it would have been Ducati with razor-sharp winglet-blades?

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again,

unsportsmanlike of little babyboy MM to let his spanish friend pass without any action, reduce the laptimes to block and disturb constantly a WC contender and then sort if of deliberately let yourself put in a situation like this.

Lorenzo knows that MM was not racing as usual. MM knows he exgagerated it. It was an obvious and deliberate intervention from MM . If he would have raced as usual this would not have happenend,

Anyway. Looserenzo got handed the championship. I guess he can buy MM a beer in an intimate place...

what a crap anti-climax thanks MM, you could have kept a lower profile.

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Everything is so obvious. You were not in control of yourself letting emotions take control. Try to get away with bluffing you out, using cheap tactics every lawyer uses to reduce the lies and the state of mind you started the race with.

Again, Rossi screwed up, but your attitude is that of a little proud spanish kid trying to arm wrestle until your arm breaks...

Other than that. Limit your remarks for your own killer moves in which you were lucky no-one got killed. Don't forget the penalties you should have gotten but never did.

Get a Grip kiddo...

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MM check your sector 9 and 10 times.

2nd on the grid Q2, Warm-up fastest, and first laps lapping faster than Lorenzo, Then on Lap 2 you pass your pit board and allow basically the next curve Lorenzo past?

Then Sector 9 and 10 are each 0.5 s. slower than Lorenzo all of a sudden? Not Lorenzo being faster, you being slower. Obviously ? to wait for Rossi to come up to you and show him that you did not forget the blame he put on you the week before. Full of adrenaline at the start, ready to show him what you think?

In the next four laps you slow up Rossi and yourself by useless passing as if you were in amateur racing trying to win a beer-cup. What was the big idea? Try to win what an intimate present from Lorenzo?

Then Rossi gets again inside. Slows down and slowly widens, you open the throttle run into his knee using your bike as a weapon. Only then it is a reflex from Rossi to push you out with the knee. You drop it....

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You can get the sector times on MotoGP.com. Add them all together and look at the relative difference between Rossi and Lorenzo as well as Marquez and Lorenzo. Sector 9 and 10 is where it happens.

Then also check the difference between MM and Rossi. After he let Lorenzo through. He's faster before then significantly slower afterwards. Lorenzo was always at the same pace.

Also looking at the footage. Rossi slowed MM wide, but MM opened the throttle to hurt him. You can see that Rossi's knee is first pushed against the fairing of his bike then he pushes his knee out, probably as a reflex.

Again Rossi lost his nerve trying to cool the proud little kid to avoid an accident but it backfired. MM was there with a second agenda, be it because of emotions or on purpose.

The anti-climax of this year has screwed everything up. Lorenzo got the championship handed to him.

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TrueFan: ..... I can't be certain about the kick, but it's irrelevant....[\blockquote]

is it now? Of course the perfect plot for you is to leave that point open as it could mean that MM ran into Rossi after Rossi slowed him down, causing his own fall.

Well, maybe you don't like this irrelevant detail, but that is exactly what happened and believe me it is NOT an irrelevant detail...

Rossi ran purposely wide, MM caused his own crash. There was enough room to move. Check the facts before you start spinning opinions.

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