Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 25 Oct 2015
Valentino Rossi will start from the back of the grid in Valencia following the incident with Marc Marquez in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
After an intense battle, Rossi ran Marquez out wide at Turn 14 and as the pair came together, it appeared that the Italian nudged the Repsol Honda with his foot, causing him to crash out of the race.
Honda immediately protested the move, with HRC boss Livio Suppo insisting Rossi had kicked Marquez off the bike, but it wasn’t until after the race that Race Direction heard the case.
Both riders were summoned to race direction, where after both sides had been heard and the incident viewed from multiple TV camera angles, a decision was made to award Rossi with three penalty points.
As Rossi already has a point on his licence for a qualifying incident with Lorenzo earlier this year, he must now start the final race of the season from the back of the grid.
This is a massive dent to the Italian’s championship hopes. As it stands, he leads Lorenzo in the title chase by seven points ahead of the final round at Valencia.
However, it is believed both Repsol Honda and Jorge Lorenzo’s camp will protest the decision, with both parties believing Rossi should be disqualified from the Malaysian race and lose the 16 points he gained for finishing third. It ain't over yet.