Petronas Yamaha SRT racer, Valentino Rossi, has a row of fierce rivals throughout his career in MotoGP. One of The Doctor’s fierce rivals is Marc Marquez.
In an interview with the GPone website in February 2021, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta as the MotoGP organizer revealed a surprising fact.
Ezpeleta said that the problem between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia in the 2015 MotoGP had not been resolved until then.
“In front of the public, the problem (Rossi-Marquez at Sepang 2015) looks over. But it’s not over,” said Ezpeleta.
“I do not side with any of the drivers. But I can see him every grand Prix meeting and listen to the situation. This problem is not over yet,” he added.
If we look back, what happened at the 2015 Malaysian GP was the culmination of the Marc Marquez- Valentino Rossi feud which had been sparked for a long time.
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Started in Argentina
Marquez began to get annoyed with Rossi in the third-round race at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina.
At the Argentine MotoGP, Marquez had to end the race two laps faster before finishing. The Spaniard fell after being involved in a collision with Rossi.
The tension was getting hotter when the two again competed for the first-place finish at the Assen Circuit, the Netherlands. This time, the two collided again and made Rossi off the track. But Rossi and Marquez could still finish 1-2 at that time.
Rossi Claims That Marquez Helped Lorenzo
Rossi, who in 2015 was competing to become world champion against his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, began to sniff out Marquez’s efforts to try to annoy him.
There are indications, because of revenge, Marquez wants to help his compatriot from Spain, Lorenzo to beat Rossi.
This can be seen in the Round of 16 race at the Phillip Island Circuit. Rossi considers Marquez deliberately holding back his pace to win the podium at Phillip Island.
However, this was denied by Marquez who eventually overtook Lorenzo to win the top podium.
Peak in Sepang
The peak of this hostility occurred in the race after Phillip Island, namely the Malaysian MotoGP at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia. Starting from Rossi’s open speech at the press conference session.
In front of international media, the racer who is now 40 years old talked about Marquez’s intention to help Lorenzo.
Of course, the ears of the MotoGP racer’s brother, Alex Marquez, turned red. At a moment during the race, Marquez seemed to deliberately present a duel against Rossi.
The two of them were involved in crosscut scenes repeatedly. The peak was on the 7th lap, Rossi ran out of patience and allegedly decided to nudge Marquez until he fell. The opponent fell, and Rossi finished third.
But Marquez’s provocation against Rossi was successful. Because the Yamaha rider was rewarded by Dorna and the International Motor Federation (FIM) had to start the race from the very back in the last round of the race in Valencia.
A crucial decision, because in Valencia, Rossi finally finished fourth. At the same time, his rival, Lorenzo, finished first and secured his third MotoGP world title.
Until now it is still a mystery, is it true that Marquez is trying to help Lorenzo to become world champion. What is certain is that until now, due to the events at the 2015 Malaysian MotoGP, the Rossi-Marquez relationship has never returned to normal.
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