MotoGP Valencia: Rossi blasts Marquez after title defeat.

Valentino Rossi renewed his attack on Marc Marquez after Sunday's MotoGP title defeat at Valencia. Rossi saw a seven point lead over Yamaha team-mate evaporate when a fourth place finish - from the back of the grid - was combined with victory for Lorenzo. Marquez shadowed Lorenzo throughout the race, riding hard to stay with the Yamaha rider but never making a pass. The pair were caught by Dani Pedrosa in the closing stages. For Rossi the fact Marquez didn't overtake was proof Marquez "wanted to finish his work" by "trying to protect Lorenzo". Rossi had been sent to the back for causing a clash with Marquez at Sepang and reached his realistic limit when he charged through the field to fourth by lap 13 of 30. With Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa long gone - Rossi's championship hopes now depended on both Repsol Hondas beating Lorenzo. That didn't happen and Rossi, never headed in the 2015 points until today, saw a tenth world title slip away by just five points. 

“This is the final of the championship that I personally, and also I think a lot of people, don't want to see because it was a great season, with a great battle with Marquez ad especially Lorenzo,” said Rossi, speaking in front of a mixed audience of media, Movistar Yamaha guests and VR46 fan clubs members - some of whom were in tears. 

“I think that this championship had the potential to become one of the best of the last years because the battle with Jorge can arrive at the last point at the last race. 

“But unfortunately at the last three races something changed and something happened that nobody expected. First of all me, but also a lot of people. That is Marc Marquez decided to protect Lorenzo to help him win the championship. 

“So the problem started at Phillip Island and became worse and worse. We arrived in Malaysia where unfortunately we touch and Marquez crash. Then I learn on Thursday that I had to start last here - I knew already my championship was finished because I was sure Marquez wanted to finish his work and try to protect Lorenzo also in the last race. 

“I said this already Thursday and it happened exactly as I expected. 

“Today the race was quite embarrassing. The last lap I think was quite bad for all the sport, because something happened that never happen before and I'm not desperate because I think I play my cards in the best way, but I'm very sad with this finish. 

“I was ready to lose the championship to Jorge, who is always very fast, but this way for me is not fair.” 

Marquez denies ever assisting Lorenzo, saying if he had trying to help his fellow Spaniard at Valencia he would have been five-seconds behind, not just a few bikelengths. 

The #93 added that an attack for the lead never came because he lost time when he was briefly passed by Pedrosa in the closing stages. The race finished with Marquez 0.263s from Lorenzo and Pedrosa 0.654s behind. asked Rossi to respond to Marquez's explanation. 

“For me if you check the races of Marc Marquez in the last two years you know he always tries to overtake and minimum on the last lap. So the question is, why Marc Marquez never tried to overtake Jorge Lorenzo and never tried to make one attempt on the last lap?” Rossi replied. 

“The situation became very embarrassing for Pedrosa, because Pedrosa was far [behind] and in the last laps he recovered two-seconds, which means that is the pace of Jorge and Marquez just waited. 

“And for me, he [Marquez] liked that he helped Lorenzo and after when he take off the helmet he is just saying it is not true. But for me, he knows I will look at the television and it is clear that he helped Lorenzo, for me he is happy.” 

Rossi also turned his sights on Honda: “For me the position of Honda is very strange. I don't know how a manufacturer can be agreed that one of its riders make the Yamaha win and try to fight just with his team-mate [Pedrosa]. This is very strange. But sincerely I don't understand.” 

Rossi's title challenge at the age of 36 captivated the motorsport world. 

The Italian won seven championships between 2001 and 2009, but a downward spiral began with a broken leg in 2010, followed by two winless seasons at Ducati. 

Then came a winning return to Yamaha, but a bittersweet 2013 saw him blown away by Lorenzo. A shock change of crew chief underlined that Rossi wasn't content to make up the numbers and he turned the tables on Lorenzo last year, albeit a distant second behind the all-conquering Marquez. 

While Marquez and Lorenzo faltered in the early stages of this season, Rossi used all of his experience to wring out 12 successive podiums, including four wins. His rostrum tally would reach 15 out of 18 by Valencia as he scored points in every round. 


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