Marquez says his MotoGP feud with Rossi is uncharted territory

Marc Marquez says he has never experienced anything like his recent feud with Valentino Rossi following their collision in MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix

Marquez says his MotoGP feud with Rossi is uncharted territory

The Honda rider crashed out of the Sepang race after Rossi deliberately tried to run him wide at Turn 14 while they were battling for position.

Rossi was given three penalty points on his licence after the race, which means he will start the championship-deciding season finale at Valencia from the back of the grid - a verdict he has since appealed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"During my career I have had many battles, but I never have I felt this," said Marquez.

"On that corner Valentino passed me, but then I saw he was completely straight and looking at me and stopping a lot.

"I was just waiting because there was nothing to do at that point and then I saw with his leg he pushed my arm and my front brake, and then I locked the front wheel and crashed."

MotoGP riders summoned to meeting

Marquez has been accused by Rossi of deliberately interfering in the title battle in recent races, which he has repeatedly denied.

"You know I don't want to be involved more in the championship," Marquez said.

"Valentino surprised everybody [with his comments], but I didn't consider that because I just did my weekend [at Phillip Island].

"Of course we can fight, we can overtake, we can have small contact, but in [Malaysia] until that moment we never had contact.

"I don't know how inside the helmet you can think to push out another rider with your leg.

"I've never seen that. OK, I am very young, but I am disappointed."

Rossi said his penalty has robbed him of the chance to win the title this weekend at Valencia, where he heads with a seven-point lead over Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

The Italian has also claimed Marquez "would let Lorenzo through on the last lap" if it helped decide the championship, but the Honda rider wants to forget about the events of the last few weeks.

"It's been a difficult week after what happened in Sepang but I've tried my best to put it behind me," said Marquez.

"We want to finish on a high note - I hope the events of the past week can be put behind us and we can focus on the race."

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