Having been in Austin all weekend long, I just had my first opportunity to watch the MotoGP race from Sepang. Admittedly, I was a bit stunned with the on-track exploitations of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez to say the least but I have not read anything about the incident from any news sites, blogs or traditional news outlets yet. I have not even seen what the official team positions are, driver’s comments or Dorna’s results of the investigation.

Now, while that may make me a galactic idiot for posting commentary on this race, I reckon I would just give an initial reaction to it as I saw it unfold because I have to imagine it is a pure S-storm out there right now on the interweb about the incident. I can imagine the Marc and Vale camps are at odds with each other and the one thing I did see this morning was some Facebook post in Italian, which I cannot read, that had an on-board camera of Marc’s bike. I did watch that view.

In reality I see two riders who represent the old guard and the new guard. They were already ratcheted up from Rossi’s comments Thursday about Marquez helping Lorenz and slowing the Italian down etc. I assume that is one part opinion and two parts Rossi. Fair enough, that’s part of his charm. I have not read if Dorna found that to be true based on data and timing. Again, I’ve been out of the loop.

However, that being said, the two riders were relatively equal and didn’t have much to take the battle to Lorenzo and Pedrosa who were left to battle it out at the front. What they did have is nearly equal performance and this placed them both in the hunt for third. Passing and re-passing, a Rossi trademark, they both tried to out-Rossi the other and there was some brilliant racing from legend and young phenom alike. Incredible pushing from Marc who seemed to be completely hanging it out to battle with Rossi. Rossi was clinical in his passing and Marc was showing incredible bike-handling skill to hang on a not only pass but re-pass. Amazing action from perhaps a battle that signals the changing of the guard.

In return, the wily veteran wasn’t going to give up easy as in his mind, I have to think he was wondering why Marc was fighting so fiercely given he is out of the title hunt and Rossi desperately needed to catch Lorenzo. Thus the accusation that he may be helping Lorenzo. You know, Spaniards helping Spaniards…that type of thing. I have no way of knowing that, perhaps the two are friends but that’s for a better person to explain.

What I do know is that it looked to me that Rossi was absolutely miffed by Marc’s actions and otherworldly riding and combative behavior. As they entered the right-hander, Rossi sat up, pressed out wide to force Marc outside and effectively back him off a bit. Basically resign himself to third behind Lorenzo but also to cool Marquez down.

What transpired then was interesting as there was some head, knee and handlebar touching and at first blush it looked as if Rossi kneed Marc’s bike but then if I had a bike closing in on me from the side, I would put my leg out as well.

For me, it seemed that Rossi hit the apex but didn’t turn in for the corner like a rider would normally do while Marquez started to turn in anticipating that Rossi would to. They both touched and Marc went down.

Was it deliberate? I think the answer is yes in the terms that Rossi was trying to get Marc to go wide and slow him down a bit to get some breathing room. I’m unclear as to what the regulations say about that but the fact is Rossi didn’t turn in and Marquez was which probably caught him off guard. In Austin, Lewis Hamilton a very similar thing to his teammate, Nico Rosberg, by running him wide into turn 1 and taking the lead. Shutting doors in turns happens in F1.

I think Marquez has a personal vendetta he was battling for on Sunday and Rossi has a pride and championship he was fighting for and didn’t relish Marc being mixed up in a fight that he really has no cause in. Having said that, third place is third place and Marc has every right to fight for that position. Again, I’m not sure how Dorna felt about Marquez pressing a title contender so hard but each race is its own chance to win with positions up for grabs.

I have not seen the official result of the investigation but I would say that if they penalize Rossi, then they are saying that each race is its own entity and it doesn’t matter if Rossi is in the title hunt and it doesn’t matter that Marc is outrageously fighting Rossi for a position even though he is out of the title bid.

On the other hand, if they don’t penalize Rossi, then they are saying the opposite. I would add that if they are concerned over the title contenders, then this incident really shouldn’t garner a penalty as Marc isn’t in the fight.

As I said, I am posting this without a safety net here folks, so I am coming from it with initial knee-jerk reactions and no data to support my opinion. I see both riders at odds with each other over pride, words, head games and on-track action. Both already incensed on Thursday and it spilled over to the track. For Rossi, Marc was an annoying gnat that was getting in his way for a title and for Marc, beating Rossi was as good as winning the title because wasn’t going to be besmirched by this guy having had some on-track altercations already this season. It was personal, that’s what I am saying.

What I fear we may have missed is an incredible ride by Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Dani looked awesome all weekend and Jorge had some incredible passes on the first lap to dow hat he needed to have a chance to fight for the title and close the points gap. Rossi and Marquez insured that he did.

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Maniel
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Maniel

Unfortunately there is a penalty…Rossi is to start at the back of the grid in Valencia. So championship over unless Lorenzo crashes pretty much.

Negative Camber
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I just read that. hmmm. Interesting.

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Plenty of data (not opinion) that Marquez has intentionally sought to ruin Rossi’s championship. In this race he could have won easily, but instead hung around to ruin Rossi’s race. As he did in the last race. Spaniard helping Spaniard. Maquez is a low life.

Greg
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Greg

Have to agree…. totally unsporting behaviour that I picked up on a few races ago, Marquez hasn’t been subtle.

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

I think that is why Rossi made a comment before the Malaysia race. To draw attention to the truth so that when Marquez did it again, everyone would see the guy for who he really is. I watched a video of the moves that MM put on VR earlier in the Malaysia race and he is constantly trying to crash Rossi off the track. His moves are not overtakes. He waits for Rossi then turns in on him, banging his butt against Rossi’s bike to knock him off. Really evil stuff.

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci
GaryK
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GaryK

There is definitely reasonable doubt, but I think Rossi may have gilded the lily a bit at the apex of that corner. From the sounds of it, maybe Marquez deserved it. Disclaimer: I am a Rossi fan. In no way does that incident carry so much gravitas that it should determine the outcome of the World Championship. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail before the race and modify the penalty.

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

Unfortunately the penalty can not be modified. Yamaha appealed the original decision and it was upheld so they have no further recourse in the matter. The case is now closed. I am mega dissappointed with the final outcome as the championship is now over and I was looking forward to a last race titanic battle between two of the fastest and best riders of all but Marquez has seen fit to interfere with that even though he can no longer win the championship. It smacks of really bad sportmanship on his behalf. Just my opinion as a motogp fan and… Read more »

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Rossi has taken it to the international court of appeal, so again you are wrong. The matter is not closed. I have not posted on these forums for months and people like you are the reason why. Know-it-all who don’t.

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

When I made that post Yamaha stated that they had exhausted the appeal process and no further appeals were possible for them and that no further action would be taken and the case is now closed. I am sorry that I mislead the other readers with my post. I was unaware that Rossi had gone to COS in his private capacity to appeal the decision. I will keep my information to myself from now on and let you enlighten everybody on the site with your vast and all encompassing knowledge. And in my opinion, you are the biggest “know it… Read more »

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

I could write pages on the Rossi Marquez battle this season, but I won’t. All I can say is that probably the most amazing championship battle that I have seen in recent history has been well and truly ruined by a race directors decision. I believe that after reviewing the incident dozens of times that there was fault and culpability on both sides and as such if it were my decision I would have held them both equally accountable and sent them off with a very stern warning. Rossi has said that he is unsure if he will even participate… Read more »

Bueller
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Bueller

Yep, it’s a great shame that Marquez has used his late season speed as a tool to get revenge on Rossi. Not a class act.

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

@NC Re your reference to the first corner incident between Rosberg and Hamilton, Article 16.1 D/F/G deals clearly with that incident and it should have been investigated by the stewards as it was a clear infraction of the rules and a penalty should have been given to Hamilton. The stewards have wide discretionary powers as far as the penalties go so it didn’t necessarily have to affect the outcome of the race but it would at least have sent a message that it is not OK to run another car off the track during an overtaking move. Ang for all… Read more »

djf
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djf

First corner incidents are not investigated by the stewards at any race

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Lewis understeered and first corner so gets some slack. Plus he had the inside line by 90% of Rosberg’s car so Rosberg is required to give him space.

Paul Charsley
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he did not understeer i’m afraid , as mentioned on our podcast and in full technicolour from the in car camera he clearly chose not to turn very much, under-turning not understeering (which is where the front tyres are sliding)

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

I guess you know nothing about car racing. When a car starts to understeer on a wet race track you don’t turn the wheels MORE to correct it, you turn LESS. That is how you keep some control. The idiot driver on the road turns more, but an F1 driver, feeling that the car is understeering does NOT turn more. Given the speed which these F1 drivers can react to a sliding car, Lewis did exactly what you are supposed to do in this understeer situation. Nico also does not turn much and also goes wide. Perhaps I can make… Read more »

Negative Camber
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Not being heavy handed here, mate, but you’re talking to a professional driver who runs a racing driver school so yes, he does know what understeer is. You can google it yourself if you want. Simraceway, Paul Charsley (JIm Russell Racing School).

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Well then he does know and is pretending that he does not in order to hate on Lewis. I am tired of seeing that. If he is a professional driver then he knows that Lewis was 90% beside Nico into a left hand corner, on the left so it is Lewis’ corner. Therefore on the same basis that Nico cut across Ricciardo and cut his own tire, and then said “That was my corner” then Lewis owned this corner and had every right to take the racing line, which he did. But even then, if you come to a corner,… Read more »

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

Section 16.1 of the FIA 2015 rules covers this situation comprehensively. And regardless of whether you think we “Hate” Lewis or not, he was in the wrong and broke rules 16.1/D/F and G and I think that your posts come on a little strong. It’s OK to have an opinion, just let other people have their’s.

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

The first part of section 16.1 says… “Incident” means any occurrence or series of occurrences involving one or more drivers, or any action by any driver, which is reported to the stewards by the race director (or noted by the stewards and subsequently investigated)… So if the stewards saw that in their eyes it was not worthy of note, or the race director didn’t report it, then 16.1 does not apply. That is what happened. Get over it. Let me have my opinion and stop ranting on about the rules when the stewards of F1 were clear about the rules.… Read more »

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

The race director doesn’t have to advise the stewards to investigate an incident, you are correct on that point. But you left out the part that if a team manager or driver during the race complains about an incident to the stewards then they are obliged to investigate.

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

Nico did not force Lewis off the track so 16.1.D does not apply to him but it does apply to Lewis. Difficult to understand I know but spend some time with the whole rule book and understanding may come to you eventually. And it’s you that is ‘Ranting” not me. Look up the word in a dictionary and see if you can tell the difference.

Paul Charsley
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In fact i’m quite a good racing driver which is why I have been paid to do so for 25 years, even by the likes of Penske etc. I have also won many races in the rain and my job for the past few years is training racing drivers to be better so analyzing such things are what I do every day, I can understand why you can’t see the subtle difference between managing understeer and under turning for a corner to move your opponent of line. Funny thing is I didn’t disparage Lewis at all, simply pointed out what… Read more »

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

On the basis of the first comment which I replied to, your comment implies that Lewis broke Article 16.1 D/F/G and should have been penalized. Also you imply that he pushed his team mate off the track and lied about it. So if that is not disparaging Lewis, what is? That’s like saying Lance Armstrong is a drugs cheat, but that is not to disparage him. I will say it again, maybe Lewis had a better feel for the car and didn’t turn his wheel as he could feel the car sliding and knew that turning in would make it… Read more »

Paul Charsley
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Whatever you want to believe. I don’t care what he said or didn’t, I didn’t comment on that. I also don’t care about the rule, I’m all for the boys and girls sorting it out for themselves, I also didn’t comment on that. Oh and by the way my brother has been on the extremely high technical end of motor sport including F1 for Over 35 years and is involved in all the top technical FIA meetings in Paris, oh and also my Dad has led teams to a Daytona 24 hour win and 2nd at Le Mans, I’m sure… Read more »

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Actually you started the “I know everything because…” And then I respond to that and now you say “so lets not play that game eh.” What a classic. You do it and it’s Ok. Shooting your mouth off about how knowledgeable you are. I did it in response and it is suddenly not ok. You come here and act like you know everything and can’t give me any FACTS that PROVE that Lewis was not understeering as he said he was. Just for once, prove your point, don’t just go on and on about your resume. You are acting like… Read more »

Negative Camber
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I appreciate you’re a Lewis fan, I am too, but I think you may have missed the story where toto likened it to Spa 2014 and said that he feels they need to sit down and talk about it. Clearly he feels it was an aggressive move and that happens to be what I like about Lewis and what I have argued Nico needs to be. I was defending Nico last year at Spa for being aggressive when the team was publicly slating him. I defend Lewis in Austin too. It’s a racing deal and the stewards found no fault,… Read more »

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

@NC I have enjoyed your intelligent articles about F1 for some time and in general they have sparked off some very interesting and usually informative comments from your readers. The discussions are well mannered and civilised until today.This Numero Fibonacci character has made this discussion extremely unpleasant for me so I have decided that for the future I will be a “reader only” and take no further part in any of the discussions. When I visit your site in future and read the comments, if I come across a post from this person I shall leave the article immediately and… Read more »

Andreas Möller
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Andreas Möller

“Your excellent site can only suffer with people like him on board.”

It does, and it also suffers when reasonable folks like yourself decide to leave. I like the “decorum and civility” rule Todd and the other staff employs for the site, and try my best to uphold that rule in my own conduct here. If we all do that, the few people who prefer a harsher atmosphere will understand that this is not the place for them. I’ve engaged with you in good discussion before, and hope to continue to do so.

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

Thank you for that. I have enjoyed our interaction too. Lets see how it goes in the future. When a person like that gets me to the point where I want to reply in a cutting manner, I feel ashamed that he has dragged me down to his level and that I have failed to lift him up to a higher level. Civility is one of the cornerstones of civilization. Long may it continue on this site.

Release The Beast
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Release The Beast

Numero Fibonacci is a career Lewis fanboy who has been banned from more F1 sites than you could count. Please don’t let him dissuade you from contributing from this informative and professional racing site. I am an avid reader of this site but a first time poster. I do not post because there is enough information from intellegent, knowledgeable and experienced posters on this site that I doubt that I could add anything of value. I love reading the informative and technical posts that help enrich my viewing of my favourite motorsports spectacle in the world. This site does not… Read more »

BoostedGT3
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BoostedGT3

I have to agree with The International here. Throughout the entire corner, Lewis didnt apply steering. If it was a case of understeer, I feel like he would have had a turn in attempt and then would have reduced steering. Let us also look to the past to see this is not a first time ordeal. Suzuka this year showed that Lewis is ok with squeezing people wide in the first few turns at the start of a race. Regardless, first turns are frantic and Hamilton did technically have the inside line so I think calling it racing is the… Read more »

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Well then Lewis was on the inside and had the corner. Nico was on the inside of Ricciardo and cut across in front of him, destroyed his own tire and claimed that as his corner, blaming Ricciardo. So on that basis, it was Lewis’ corner and Nico had no right to be there. Having said that, I think that Lewis did turn in you just don’t have the eye to see it. He was under braking and if he felt that the car was sliding under braking he is not going to turn the wheel hard until it is settled.… Read more »

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

Perhaps you should listen to Martin Brundles comment on the incident. I imagine that he knows more about F1 than you do. We are not saying that the car understeered but rather that Lewis understeered, there is a big difference.

Andreas Möller
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Andreas Möller

I was just going to suggest that – Brundle first suspected it had been understeer due to lack of front end grip, but quickly changed his mind once the onboard shot was shown. So if Charsley’s word isn’t enough (which it definitely is for me), maybe Martin Brundle has enough understanding in the field of race car driving..?

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

But not Lewis himself who said he understeered?

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Maybe listen to Charlie Whiting who didn’t see any issue with the incident and didn’t report Lewis for pushing Nico off the track. Or maybe Toto Wolff who has all the data and didn’t sanction Lewis for doing something against the team rules. No we will listen to Martin Brundle, who has been wrong many times in the past… Let me guess, because he agrees with you.

Andreas Möller
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Andreas Möller

Wait – I didn’t say I saw any issue with what Lewis did, and neither did Brundle. All I said was that from the onboard camera, it looks clear that Lewis didn’t put in nearly enough steering angle to get round that corner without pushing Nico out. All that means is that Lewis’ “I didn’t mean to do that” defense goes out the door. That does not mean he should have been penalized – not everything is black or white (as in “either he involuntarily understeered or he would have gotten a penalty”). Deliberately pushing a competitor wide will most… Read more »

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Yeah because Brundle is always right, haaaaa. Perhaps you should listen to Lewis (a 3xWDC) who said he understeered.

228929292AABBB
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228929292AABBB

oh my gosh did you just say that to the person you just said it to? numero, there comes a time to apologize now and then. this is such a time.

Numero Fibonacci
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Numero Fibonacci

Yeah right, forget the facts and just look at the resume. That guy has said a lot about who he is and nothing to counter what I said in terms of facts. Yawn. You can get a WDC who will agree with him and a WDC who will go against him. Top drivers in the world can disagree. So what? If you have a specific piece of logic that proves there was no way that Lewis was understeering please present it. Don’t just say “I know, you don’t.”

228929292AABBB
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228929292AABBB

but….some people don’t recognize the appropriate moment to apologize and they double down. The moment is lost. Paul Charsley; rest assured listeners of the podcast have the requisite appreciation of your skill and record as a race car driver.

Negative Camber
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Don’t let it bother you mate. We’ve been doing this since 2005 and every once in a while, someone comes in and trolls because they can’t get beyond their fan boy bias, suffer from being a teenager or simply have no concept that we, as humans, can disagree and politely do so with decorum & Civility. It is our one rule at the site. For the most part, our own community polices this very well and remind people who get abusive, combative and belittling that we don’t do that sort of thing here. If it continues, then I just delete… Read more »

Patrick Chapman
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Patrick Chapman

People get hurt in drive by shootings, often innocent bystanders but I take your point and thank you for your comments. I avoid many sites because of posters like him who I think make adverse comments just to annoy people which is a shame really as he does seem quite knowledgable on this particular subject. Who knows, maybe he will change his name and come back a little older and share some of his knowledge with us in a less abrasive fashion.

McSerb
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McSerb

I am absolutely certain that Marquez could have gone quicker and pulled a gap when he overtook Rossi but he did not want to. He wanted to play around and destroy Rossi`s tires or even cause a crash during that risky and endless (even POINTLESS) passing and re-passing. A DNF for Rossi would mean the title for Lorenzo. Yes, the Spanish connection was at work here and Mark even moved over so that Lorenzo could pass him. It was so obvious that he let him through.. Honda was quicker than Yamaha on the day but all Marquez wanted was to… Read more »

228929292AABBB
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228929292AABBB

If Spanish riders are in this big conspiracy, why didn’t Pedrosa let Lorenzo through? And since when is Rossi an innocent victim in everyone else’s game of strategy, can’t he take care of himself? (don’t forget whose taunts in the press started all this) And did Marquez’ bike really look to you like it was at 8 tenths? And if Rossi wanted to get away from Marquez and ride his own race, but couldn’t, why exactly was he sitting up, looking back, and waving Marquez ‘come here and get some’, And even if everything you say is true, even if… Read more »

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

I get what Rossi did in many peoples eyes was malicious and wrong and caused Marquez to crash. Now whether that is how people viewed it or not, is always up for debate, sure but it does seem the general consensus, so I have no problems with Rossi being handed a penalty,that was in most peoples eyes deserving and I’ve got to agree really it did look deserving. What is frustrating is the witch-hunt against Rossi by some afterwards on TV and social media. He did something stupid in the heat of battle but he doesn’t deserve to be treated… Read more »

228929292AABBB
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228929292AABBB

I think that he’s been doing it all year is one factor in the reactions. not this bad, but very aggressive to the point of unsportsmanlike. when you create an impression then confirm it, it unleashes all that energy.

Mohd Younis
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Mohd Younis

I am also absolutely sure Marques could have won that race. It was clear that he was plying dirty with Vale and just wanted to destroy Vale race. I am amazed of how people can really hide the fact that Marques was a devil there. You may want to go back to 2013 to see what Marques done to Pedrosa to stop him from competing with him for the world title. That was Marques in his true colors.

Mohd Younis
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Mohd Younis

One more thing to mention here, tell me which of this year races Rossi was not involved in entertaining us? None. Could it have been that enjoyable without him being around? NO WAY.
Thanks Rossi, I am not even watching the boring F1 that I have been following for the last 20 years for the excitement you are creating.

jefferson
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jefferson

Well…that’s one viewpoint. It’s a wrong one, but it is one. I highly doubt this blogger has stayed out of the “loop” as he states. More like he’s just trying to create a unique angle from which to elicit commentary. Contrived, and not really effective.

Negative Camber
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Thanks for stopping by our website and calling me a liar. I was in Austin the entire weekend covering the F1 race and did a podcast as soon as I landed, so this was the first opportunity I had to watch the race. I was out of the loop and until you know me and know my schedule, please find some decorum and civility before posting here. There are many, much better blogs and places to call people liars and personally attack folks, this isn’t one of those awesome websites. Good grief.

Andreas Möller
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Andreas Möller

I haven’t had time to watch the entire race, and with it the entire Rossi-Marquez battle, but I have seen the clips of the two coming together. To me, it looks like Rossi is pushing Marquez wide. Marc first straightens the bike up – as you do when you’ve just had your line stolen – and then appears to accelerate and lean back into the turn, hitting his head on Rossi’s knee before his front end washes out. He appeared to go down *very* easily – especially considering the gravity-defying lean angles that man routinely can handle. Again, I’m going… Read more »

228929292AABBB
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228929292AABBB

there are a lot of angles to watch. if you watch them all, with telemetry, you’ll see three things. 1 Rossi shuts the throttle when he should be opening it for the exit 2 rossi looks over to check where Marquez is 3 rossi takes his foot off the peg and kicks Marquez down. this whole season Rossi has been smashing his way round the track. it’s unacceptable he should be banned from racing.

Andreas Möller
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Andreas Möller

I’ve now watched the whole race, including the several laps of battle between Marquez and Rossi. I’ve also seen all of the angles (onboards, side shots, shots from behind, helicopter view etc), of the incident at the end of that long battle, and I still don’t see what you see. Rossi slows down to push Marquez and blocking him from getting a good exit from that corner, and he also looks to see where Marquez is. So far we’re seeing the same things. But then I see Marquez picking his bike up, like you do when someone suddenly sneaks up… Read more »

228929292AABBB
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228929292AABBB

I think that you are basically right. reading your analysis, I can see that we’re inferring different things from the movement of his leg and agreeing on the rest. who am I to say my inference is the correct one. I probably see it the way I did because Rossi has profited this year by controlling every clash and its outcome. his superior experience and presence seem to allow him to call the shots when riders come together, so it makes sense to me to ascribe the outcome to his intentions. but I don’t know it. I see what I… Read more »

Andreas Möller
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Andreas Möller

Agreeing to disagree does not make the world boring, so keep it up, my friend! I don’t either pertain to know any objective truth in this matter (if there even is one to be found) – it’s just what I saw. One person, though, that has flown largely under the radar here is Jorge Lorenzo. I’m sorry to say it, but his behaviour through all of this leaves an especially bad taste in my mouth. In the parc fermé interview he immediately (obviously without having seen what had happened, since he’d just stepped off the bike) came out with a… Read more »

228929292AABBB
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228929292AABBB

I am even older than Rossi, (!) so I’ve been a fan since my motorcycle racing days were waning and he was leaving 125s for 250s. I was excited about his performance this season until it became clear he lacked the pace to be champion but held an edge in the track presence his years have given, and was going to use it to smack his way to the front from a poor qualy position in every race. Jorge Lorenzo is leading the championship because his style is to disappear at the start, i.e. he is the only rider Rossi… Read more »