Having postponed the release of the Sepang data from Marc Marquez's bike, to avoid any suggestion of trying to influence Valentino Rossi's CAS appeal, HRC again withheld the telemetry on Wednesday.

Rossi's request to have his Sepang penalty points, and therefore back of the grid Valencia start, suspended was rejected by the CAS last Thursday. The appeal itself is ongoing, but is widely seen as irrelevant now that the title has been won by Jorge Lorenzo.

The purpose of the HRC data release is to back up claims by Marquez and Honda that the Spaniard fell due to a kick from Rossi in their heated Sepang battle.

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This was denied by Rossi and not proven by Race Direction, which said TV images were inconclusive and only punished the Italian for deliberately forcing Marquez wide "resulting in contact causing the other rider to crash".

The kick claim was repeated in a HRC written Q&A with vice president Shuhei Nakamoto, prompting an angry response from Yamaha, whose press officers attended today's Honda press conference.

"I'm sorry, also this time we don't make you happy," said HRC team principal Livio Suppo. "This time it is not our choice [not to show the data], it is FIM and Dorna asking us to not put more fuel on the fire. We respect their ruling in this sport and so we accept their request.

"As we have said, sooner or later we would like to show this data. We said when we think it is appropriate. Since last time we spoke something even more happened [between Rossi and Marquez], which is very sad for us because I personally cannot believe how people do not believe that Marc was desperately trying to win that race."

Marquez was the target of a further verbal attack from Rossi - for the third event in succession - after finishing a close second to Lorenzo in Sunday's race.

The Italian, who needed both Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa to pass Lorenzo in order to be champion, declared that #93 had been unwilling to overtake because he "wanted to finish his work and protect Lorenzo in the last race."

"Marc is a clever guy and he knows very well that if he is not in front of Jorge on Sunday then everybody will speak these stupid things. But this is the situation, we respect the FIM and Dorna, so sorry you will have to wait more for the data."

Meanwhile, Suppo and Nakamoto wouldn't be drawn on increasing rumours about Casey Stoner becoming a Ducati test rider: "Ask Casey."

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Well Honda do sound like they want to reveal it and I can't see them saying its FIM and Dorna's choice if it wasn't.

What I'd like to know is if this is a 'blind' direction or not. Honda said they would release the data to interested parties so have FIM and Dorna actually seen the 'evidence' for them to come back with this idea of holding back again?

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Seriously, does anyone on here expect me to believe that Honda have data to prove Rossi kicked Marquez, well if ya do then I must have come down with the last shower of rain! Erm hold on a mo I think not!

If the bike took a bash then how the fook can data what caused it, get real.

Honda are just trying to justify what Marquez did and that was deliberately slow Rossi down, then when Rossi retaliated and ran him out wide which was his only crime, he went into Rossi, when his foot come off Marquez thought I milk it and crash, yes Marquez is a clever little barstood alright isn't he.

Part of me wishes Rossi would quit Motogp, but ya know what, how boring was it when he went to Ducati?

I hope Rossi can put this year behind him and kick ass next year.

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Trufan,
did you not read Mr Webbers reasoning for not punishing Marquez then?

He stated data showed he was slowing Rossi down in Sepang, but it's not against the rules!

And that to me says we have reason to suspect what Marquez was up to, now the point here is even if Marquez & Lorenzo was in some sort of agreement, there is little to prove it and there is no way anyone would admit to it is there.

I personally given the way Lorenzo acted against Ianone in qualifying the week before then couldn't be nicer to him after he took points from Rossi proves to me he was grateful for anyone taking points from Rossi.

I would also point out although not very sporting I'm sure that this sort of thing goes on all the time in many sports.

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LS:“Marc is a clever guy and he knows very well that if he is not in front of Jorge on Sunday then everybody will speak these stupid things.

typical political HRC-bullshit. The actual wording is: "Marc is a clever guy He knows very well that if he was not behaving and stay behind Jorge on Sunday he would have been lynched by everybody."

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