Motorcycling - Angry Rossi accuses Marquez of 'Ruining' MotoGP

Marquez Leads Dovi Lags on #ArgentinaGP Day 1

Marquez Leads Dovi Lags on #ArgentinaGP Day 1

With four laps to go, Marquez climbed up the order and on to the back of Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi but once again went in too hot up the inside of the Italian rider at Turn 13 and the pair collided in a similar incident to Marquez's hit with Espargaro. He remounted only to limp home in 19th place and out of the points.

He was then quickly reeled in and passed by the charging Marquez - who was two seconds clear when he was given the ride-through on lap five of 24, which dropped him down to 19th.

"He shouldn't be disqualified, he was already punished in the race", Agostini said of Marquez.

"If you take for example what's happened this weekend-one by one, can happen, can happen to everybody, you can make a mistake in braking, you can touch the other guy, happens, this is racing", Rossi said. It can happen, it's racing. How much will this clash affect the championship standing in the future is uncertain, but relationship between Rossi and Marquez seem to have soured permanently. I was able to restart the bike and then I looked for some input from the marshals, as I wasn't sure if, with the bike running again, I should go to my place on the grid or back to the pits.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa crashed out on lap one of what proved to be a chaotic race.

Behind them, Marquez was fighting his way through the field.

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Rossi finished 19th with Marquez, who was handed a 30 second penalty for the collision, also out of the points in 18th position.

"I obviously tried to push to recover and unfortunately I made some mistakes, the biggest one I believe being with Aleix (Espargaro)". It's true he came to him very fast, he was lapping three or four seconds faster than Aleix and maybe approached to him a little faster.

The world champion blamed the track for his clash with Rossi. Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales couldn't adapt to the changing conditions on the track and will now start the race from 11th and 9th spot respectively. The line was dry but I hit a wet patch and locked the front, released the brake and there was contact.

This left Miller, Alex Rins, Johann Zarco and Cal Crutchlow in the leading pack, with Crutchlow of CWM LCR Honda on a Honda RC213-V taking the win in a time of 40 minutes 36.342 seconds.

Crutchlow looks to have found his flawless ride this season. Pole position man Tony Arbolino (Honda) opted to start the race on slick, while championship leader Jorge Martin (Honda) pulled in at the end of the warm up lap to take the same gamble.

His frustration was understandable, but the story was undeniably elsewhere. Of course today I made some mistakes, which I recognize.

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"But, in my career, I think what he says about me is wrong".

Honda team principal Alberto Puig backed up his rider's version of events, while admitting the incident was the root of Marquez's incident-strewn race. So if you start to play like this, you raise the level to a very risky point. "He plays dirty", he railed.

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

"When you go 300km 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 doing it like this is over".

After the race, Marquez went to Rossi's garage in an attempt to apologise, but the Spaniard was turned away by team personnel.

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