Valentino Rossi felt 'screwed' in 2015 MotoGP feud with Marc Marquez

Valentino Rossi believes he had no choice but to speak out against Marc Marquez last year because he realised he was "screwed" in the MotoGP title race.

Valentino Rossi felt 'screwed' in 2015 MotoGP feud with Marc Marquez

Rossi launched an attack on Marquez before the penultimate round at Sepang, accusing the Spaniard of "thinking like a child" and plotting to help Jorge Lorenzo win the title.

The pair then clashed during the Malaysian Grand Prix 72 hours later, and Rossi's penalty meant he started the Valencia finale from the rear of the grid, and he lost the championship to his Yamaha team-mate.

The seven-time MotoGP champion says that while he "had everything to lose", his press conference comments were a last resort.

"I have thought long and hard on what had happened," Rossi told Motosprint.

"I also thought that perhaps it would have been better not to do it, but I had to, because I had realised that I was screwed.

"It would have been already difficult to beat Lorenzo in a normal situation, but when Marquez went against me, I realised I got screwed.

"With that press conference, more than trying to intimidate Marquez, I tried to call for the attention of race direction, in order to sort out this thing.

"We had tried to talk to race direction, but they didn't listen to us, so I tried this other way.

"I think they underestimated the problem, because what happened is something no one had expected: I didn't, and neither did they, so when we told them, they looked at us wondering 'what's behind this?'.

"The issue was underestimated. It could have been avoided by talking together in Malaysia."

CHANGE IN RELATIONSHIP

A week out from the start of the 2016 MotoGP season in Qatar, Rossi says that "nothing will ever be the same" for him with Marquez and Lorenzo.

While he expects to maintain a working relationship with Lorenzo, Rossi is still perplexed by what he views as Marquez's tactics.

"It would have been better for [Marquez], too, had he done his own races," he added.

"It was completely clear what his intentions were, with the Valencia race [when Marquez finished second to Lorenzo] being the cherry on top.

"Anyway... it is not very important, in the sense that our relationship, after what had happened, can never be restored.

"We'll have to be only rivals, but I would like us to be able to focus on that, more than on nonsense such as 'let's shake hands, let's not'.

"I prefer doing real things, that's the way.

"OK with Lorenzo, who is my team-mate, but not with him, really."

Translation by Michele Lostia

shares
comments
Aprilia encouraged by 2016 MotoGP bike's debut tests

Previous article

Aprilia encouraged by 2016 MotoGP bike's debut tests

Next article

Michelin reveals MotoGP tyre colour codes for 2016

Michelin reveals MotoGP tyre colour codes for 2016
Load comments
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Plus

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Plus

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the circuit's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge Plus

How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge

The 2020 MotoGP season was an utterly enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if thought it the world championship was a poorer place without its biggest star Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021
The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP Plus

The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP

The headlines after MotoGP's Austrian GP were naturally dominated by Brad Binder's heroics on slicks in the rain. But although seventh was, on the face of it, a fairly average result in the context of his season, that Fabio Quartararo was in contention for victory before the rain at Yamaha's worst venue should sound alarm bells for his rivals

MotoGP
Aug 17, 2021
Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales in MotoGP - but won't fix his big problem Plus

Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales in MotoGP - but won't fix his big problem

The prelude to Maverick Vinales' move to Aprilia has been his tortured exit from Yamaha. But the Spanish rider must put allegations of sabotage, suspensions and unwanted personnel changes aside once he embarks upon his new journey, while Aprilia must find a way to get Vinales firing on all cylinders once again

MotoGP
Aug 16, 2021