Valentino Rossi: Honda boss defends Marc Marquez after Argentina crash

Marc Marquez

Miller with his enviable grid position was able to hold lap one but an aggressive Marquez took the lead on the second, only to be deemed a ride-though, dropping him to 19th place, taking him well out of the battle for pole position.

He divebombed the Italian down the inside of the Turn 13 right-hander, barging the Yamaha out of the way and leaving Rossi to fall over on the wet grass on the outside of the circuit. The main subject up for debate is the contact between Rossi and Marquez, an episode that blew up post-race. Giacomo Agostini, has also said his piece, during a phone interview with Virgin Radio.

"One incident can happen to anybody, you can make a mistake in braking, you can touch the other guy".

Marquez had already ridden into Aleix Espargaro during the race, pushing him off the track, and then tangled with The Doctor which resulted in the Movistar Yamaha man crashing. If you start to race like this, you raise the level to a very risky point. All the podium finishers rode a fantastic race, swapping positions among them until the very last moment.

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

"I'm scared on the track when I'm with Marquez", added Rossi.

"When you go 300 kilometres per hour on the track, you have to have a respect for your rival, you have to be strong, you have to make the maximum, but like this [it] is over".




Marquez was seen trying to apologise to Rossi after the race, but was ushered away by team staff without speaking to the 39-year-old.

Rossi finished 19th with Marquez, who was handed a 30 second penalty for the collision, also out of the points in 18th position. This incident meant that he again came under race direction's scrutiny and was asked to drop back by one place.

Explaining the sequence events to media afterwards however, the Spaniard said there was no marshal instructing him to leave the grid when he indicated he had stalled, and that he was later given the all-clear to start along with the rest of the pack. Hafizh Syahrin put in a stunning performance to take ninth and top rookie for Yamaha Tech 3, just ahead of Miller's team-mate Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espargaro in KTM's best premier-class result yet.

The accumulated penalties dropped Marquez out of the points, though he ended in fifth (Johann Zarco was second, Alex Rins third, and Miller ended in fourth).

"When the marshal, I asked him, because he is connected directly with Race Direction and I ask him, 'pitlane, or grid?'"

The non-works LCR Honda rider, celebrating a third career MotoGP win and Honda's 750th grand prix success, now has 38 points and leads Ducati's Italian Andrea Dovizioso by three after two races.

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