Repsol, title sponsor of Marc Marquez's factory Honda team, has condemned Valentino Rossi's actions during Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP.

The pair clashed when title leader Rossi, frustrated at Marquez's constant overtakes for third place, deliberately forced the Spaniard wide on lap 7 of 20. Contact was made, with Marquez falling.

Earlier in the weekend Rossi had accused Marquez of helping his title rival Jorge Lorenzo, also adding some personal insults, setting the scene for Sunday's battle.

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Repsol, like Marquez and Honda, insist that Rossi kicked the #93, causing him to crash. Rossi denies kicking Marquez, saying his leg moved after the contact and when Marquez was already falling.

Race Direction declared the TV footage to be inconclusive and thus accepted Rossi's claim that he did not intend for Marquez to fall.

But since forcing Marquez wide resulted in an accident - deliberate or not - Rossi was given three Penalty Points. He will now start from last place at the Valencia title showdown with Lorenzo, due to already having one Penalty Point from Misano.

Repsol clearly expected a stronger punishment.

In a post-race statement titled 'Pedrosa wins and Marquez crashes after unsportsmanlike kick from Rossi' the petroleum company branded the Italian's actions as "absolutely unacceptable" and called for "strong regulation... which punishes behaviour like that seen today clearly and decisively".

Repsol even hinted that it could reconsider its 40-year involvement in the sport, which includes title sponsorship of the factory Honda team since 1995.

"Repsol are deeply saddened that situations like that which occurred today in Sepang exist, especially as the company feel proud of sporting values: Companionship, competitive spirit and commitment from riders. Without these values, it would not make sense for Repsol to participate in the sport as a sponsor."

The full statement can be seen below:

"Dani Pedrosa achieved a great victory today in the Malaysian Grand Prix - a win that was unfortunately overshadowed by the unacceptable and unsportsmanlike conduct of Valentino Rossi against Repsol Honda Team rider, Marc Marquez.

"On the seventh lap of the race, with Marquez and Rossi immersed in a battle for third place that involved several overtaking moves between the two, the Italian - in an absolutely intentional action - dealt an unsportsmanlike kick to the Repsol Honda rider that knocked him to the ground.

"Although Marquez was fortunately able to escape unharmed from the attack, for Repsol the conduct of Rossi is absolutely unacceptable because it endangered - in a premeditated and unsportsmanlike manner - the safety of the Repsol Honda team rider. Repsol consider this an unsportsmanlike act incompatible with the values of sport and competition.

"Repsol are deeply saddened that situations like that which occurred today in Sepang exist, especially as the company feel proud of sporting values: Companionship, competitive spirit and commitment from riders. Without these values, it would not make sense for Repsol to participate in the sport as a sponsor.

"Repsol also call for a clear and strong regulation in the interest of the safety and physical integrity of the riders, which punishes behaviour like that seen today clearly and decisively.

"The positive thing about this race was the great performance of Dani Pedrosa, who gradually pulled away from his rivals to score his second win of the season -following that achieved in Japan two weeks ago.

"After this race, Marquez remains third in the overall standings with 222 points. Pedrosa moves up to fourth with 190 points. The World Championship will conclude in two weeks' time, with the Valencia Grand Prix"

Rossi raced for Repsol Honda in 2002 and 2003, winning the title in both seasons.

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Motogp is nothing without VR - he has been a golden goose for many years and we should all be very grateful, especially those whose job it is to make Motogp a business.

He still has potentially a lot to give to the sport in a team manager/ambassador role - they should be VERY careful not to upset him...

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"Marquez was fortunately able to escape unharmed from the attack" - Haha! They make it sound like he was escaping from a psychopath with an axe! Slightly bloated view there Repsol!

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Having watched racing for the best part of 50 years I would make the following simple comment based on sporting behaviour in a sport where this is the generally accepted norm.
If two riders are fighting for a championship with only a couple of rounds to go and no other championship is at stake i.e manufacturers then the fight should be about the two riders only. They have earned that right through the season. Other riders should and generally do, stay out of that fight. They should not try and influence the outcome as it appears Marquez tried to do. Marquez and Honda are out of the championship this year so he really should have been riding to have less impact on the outcome. From my observations over the years he is not what is generally seen as a clean rider. That said he is thrilling to watch and whilst he was riding for position he should have been much more sensible in his approach. As it is I feel he has ruined a whole seasons worth of great racing.

As ye sow so shall ye reap!!

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Yeah Repsol, thanks for condoning Marc's erratic behavior. I have yet to hear any from you when your favorite rider would torpedo other riders with no care for safety whatsoever.

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Movistar and Monster Energy slam Marquez for childish, unsportsmanlike conduct...

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Go ahead and pull your sponsorship. Your from Spain as well........why not ban all activity from Spain, riders, sponsorship and all. It's where all the trouble seems to be stemming from anyway........ To be honest, if Repsol wasn't on the side of the Honda's I wouldn't know who you were anyway......

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There wasn't actually a kick...

Youtube this title and see for yourself...

"Rossi I Did Not Kick Marquez off , See The Camera In A Helicopter"

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It sounds like TEAM-REPSOL-HONDA-MARQ MARQUEZ are trying to spark a pro-Spanish " Buy more REPSOL" patriotism by sounding like the politically correct victim here. "We are good-They are bad" is what I read.

TEAM-REPSOL-HONDA-MARQ MARQUEZ were looking for trouble big time, THEY wanted to obviously affect a WC-deciding race.,

THEY did not break any WRITTEN rules, But there are some UNWRITTEN rules that all real professional Sportsmen abide by.

One of those is NOT to hinder someone PURPOSELY in achieving the ultimate goal. That is exactly what TEAM-REPSOL-HONDA-MARQ MARQUEZ did.

What annoys me is that there is no DETAILED investigation. And what is worrying is that the root cause of this event , the malicious behavior from TEAM REPSOL-HONDA-MARC-MARQUEZ, is not discussed here.
THEY are hiding in politically correct comments trying to cover up that TEAM REPSOL-HONDA-MARC-MARQUEZ, is ultimately the cause of this situation.

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Well Repsol ask Mika Kallio, Scott Redding, Rathapark Willairot, Pol Espargaro, Thomas Luthi, Simone Corsi, Bradley Smith, Jorge Lorenzo, the marshalls at Silverstone and Valentino Rossi about the sportsmanship of your protege. It's not Rossi that Dorna/FIM introduced penalty points. That's the special treatment Marquez got because his sportmanship his mentality and stubborness not to settle for second or less and trying to get others in danger. And Repsol didn't you threat leaving MotoGP if Honda didn't gave Dani another chance? You are a sponsor and not making the rules! So don't try to intend to.

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