Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 11 Nov 2015
Marc Marquez has said that he hopes he and Valentino Rossi can shake hands in future despite the fallout from the final three rounds of the 2015 MotoGP season.
Tension began to build between the pair following the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, with Rossi claiming Marquez had deliberately tried to slow him down in order to help Lorenzo to the title.
This saw the pair come to blows on track in Sepang, with a fierce early-race battle ending with Rossi seeing red and running Marquez wide, resulting in the Spaniard crashing out of the race.
There was further drama following the incident in Sepang with criticism from every direction. Rossi was handed three penalty points for causing the crash, which, following a rejected appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meant he would start from the back of the grid in Valencia, but it didn’t end there.
Rossi rode one of the best races of his career to find himself fourth after just ten laps, but it wasn’t good enough to take the title with rival Jorge Lorenzo dominating with a lights to flag victory.
Marquez sat behind Lorenzo for the entire race with no attempt to overtake, leading to Rossi suggesting he’d deliberately helped Lorenzo to the title once again in a vicious attack on Sunday evening. The Respol Honda rider said he was pushing 100%, but couldn’t overtake Lorenzo due to the Yamaha’s superior grip under acceleration.
Despite the fall out, Marquez, who idolised Rossi as a child, is keen to make amends with the nine-times World Champion.
“The last weeks has been and is a difficult moment,” said Marquez on Tuesday. “Since Malaysia I’m not happy and I don’t feel well with this situation. It’s strange. It was strange what happened in Australia, a race that I won and took five points from Jorge.
“Anyway, after Malaysia I thought the best way is to try to arrive in Valencia and win the race. Honestly it was really difficult to keep the concentration through the weekend and keep focus. I did it well. I start really concentrated the race and tried to win. I knew the situation before the race. I’m not stupid. I think, ‘If you don’t win you’ll be in this situation.’ Unfortunately I couldn’t win the race because Jorge did an incredible race, he was the fastest one in Valencia. He had the fastest lap of the race with a really good lap time.
“I cannot say more. Of course I completely disagree with Valentino. He push me a lot. To Dani, Honda, Jorge, everybody. In the end I hope that in the future my hand will be ready to shake with him.”