Marc Marquez asked about healing Valentino Rossi feud: “It’s not up to me”

Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi crossed paths only recently...

Rossi, Marquez
Rossi, Marquez

Marc Marquez has dismissed the possibility of fixing his relationship with Valentino Rossi.

Marquez and Rossi are arguably MotoGP’s fiercest-ever rivalry and the tension spills over into today’s championship.

Ahead of the 2024 season, Marquez has been asked if he would “sit down and talk” to his eternal foe Rossi.

“It’s not up to me,” he bluntly responded to DAZN.

Marquez and Rossi crossed paths (without ever noticeably meeting) just recently.

At a preseason WorldSBK test in Portimao, Ducati MotoGP were invited along too.

Gresini’s Marquez and VR46 boss Rossi were therefore both on track but seemingly were never close to each other.

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The controversy over the conclusion to the 2015 season - when Rossi missed out on the championship to Jorge Lorenzo, and blamed Marquez’s antics - are still at the root of their bad blood.

And even today, we see the remnants of the rivalry lingering.

Marquez and Marco Bezzecchi, of Rossi’s VR46 Academy and his MotoGP team, quarrelled at the end of last year.

Bezzecchi blasted Marquez as the “dirtiest rider in MotoGP” after they clashed in Valencia.

Marquez can equal his rival Rossi’s tally of nine world championships if he wins one more, and he will debut on a Ducati this season.

He reflected on his changing relationship with Rossi: “I was lucky enough to face him, to beat him, to have him beat me one year and also to be able to share the court with him to learn from him.

“They were beautiful years.”

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