MotoGP: Rossi scathing of Marquez's antics

"I think it was a really complicated day for Marc". When the Spaniard return he was penalised again for forcing Italian legend Valentino Rossi off the track.

Rossi, who was in sixth at the time of the crash, was able to restart, but finished 19th, missing out on any points. "If you take what happened this weekend as an example, one incident can happen to anybody, you can make a mistake in braking, you can touch the other guy". "The situation is very risky now, the race management must do something", said Rossi, seven of whose titles have been in the premier class.

"But from Friday morning, he make like this with [Maverick] Vinales, [Andrea] Dovizioso, he make like this with me in Saturday morning-and today in the race he go straight to four riders, because he do [es it] purposely".

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow prevailed over Johann Zarco, Alex Rins and polesitter Jack Miller in a breathless four-bike battle for victory.

He said he had spoken to race director Mike Webb and hoped his words had an effect.

"It's not right, I don't want to defend him but you have to see the situation too; with the tension there is, you're not as lucid like you are sitting at a desk".

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Marquez passed Maverick Vinales on the final lap to take fifth, but was hit with a 30-second penalty that dropped him down to 18th.


Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has accused reigning world champion Marc Marquez of "destroying" the sport by riding dangerously and without respect for his rivals.

"He should have been disqualified then, but if we do this we'd have no-one racing".

Rain was expected to fall in fits and start last morning, but it came in the last practice session, just before the start of two rounds of qualifying sessions. We'll look into it later. "In that case I put my hand up, but nobody was there".

"I took no risks; I stayed out of the slipstream". I approached faster than him and I didn't realise it. "You need to understand the track condition".

"I touched a wet patch, locked the front, and released the brakes".

The fight at the front was a good one, with Miller holding off Rins for several laps before making a crucial mistake in Turn 13 and dropping all the way to fourth. "When he crashed I immediately apologised", said the Spaniard. Tech 3 Yamaha rookie Hafizh Syahrin secured his best finish in the ninth place, while Danilo Petrucci of Pramac Racing finished 10th.

"It was a tricky Sunday". "I felt confident to try to get back on track with slick tyres". The race start was also delayed, leading to some incredible scenes.

Nevertheless, the Argentina GP started with Miller in the lead but was quickly denied of his lead by a charging Marquez.

  • Steve Townsend