Bernie Ecclestone says he would have disqualified Valentino Rossi for his coming together with Marc Marquez during October's controversial Malaysian MotoGP had it been up to him.
Rossi received three penalty points from Race Direction for 'irresponsible riding' after he forced Marquez wide before contact was made between the pair, with his Honda rival crashing out of the race having engaged in a fierce battle with the Italian on the previous three laps.
When added to previous penalty points applied earlier in the season, Rossi was forced to start the title deciding Valencia MotoGP from the back of the grid, a punishment that would thus allow Jorge Lorenzo to win the race and snatch the title at the death.
While figures in F1 and MotoGP were largely split on whether Rossi's penalty was justified, F1 supremo Ecclestone says he would have gone as far as excluding the Italian – who got to keep his third place finish in the Sepang race - from the results altogether.
"Rossi would have been disqualified,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport
. “He would have had a black flag."
"What happened is completely wrong. It is a warning for F1.
"Let me give an example. Let's suppose that Ferrari is in the running for the title and Mercedes blocks them with one of its customer teams, what would happen?”
With Lorenzo's third crown denying Rossi an eighth title in the premier class, the Yamaha rider's actions drew a mixed response from figures in F1, with Sebastian Vettel airing his support saying he thought 'Valentino did the right thing', while Felipe Massa called it 'a big mistake'.