MotoGP: Marquez sides with Rossi in Lorenzo row

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Marc Marquez has sided with Valentino Rossi in the furious row that broke out between the Italian and his teammate Jorge Lorenzo after Sunday’s San Marine Grand Prix, with Marquez admitting afterwards that he saw nothing wrong from his birds-eye seat of the battle.

Lorenzo went on the warpath after the race, accusing Rossi of making aggressive moves when they weren’t needed and kicking off a row between the pair in the post-race press conference.

“You can have different opinions, but my opinion is that the overtake was maybe too aggressive. He didn’t need to make that overtake, but that’s his style. Other riders overtake more cleanly. If I hadn’t put the bike straight we would have crashed. Maybe he wouldn’t have crashed, but I would have.


But, both recipient and provider of many equally aggressive moves while locked in a vicious battle with Rossi himself only a week before, the Repsol Honda was left surprised by Lorenzo’s response when questioned.

“I was a little bit far behind them when it happened, but I could see that he overtook. For me, it was a normal overtake. Yes, of course, it was aggressive, but when you are in a home circuit you always give more. Valentino is always really smart and he knew that Jorge had a good pace, so he made an aggressive move but within the limit.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer