Rossi: Battle with Marquez nothing like Sepang

Valentino Rossi has insisted that his battle with Marc Marquez at the British Grand Prix on Sunday bore no resemblance to their clash at Sepang last season. 

At the Malaysian Grand Prix last October, the Movistar Yamaha rider was found guilty of kicking Marquez off his bike and was subsequently made to start from the back of the grid at the season finale in Valencia.

The penalty cost Rossi his eighth MotoGP title as his team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo, finished first in Valencia to triumph by five points as Rossi crossed the finish line in fourth place.

Rossi and Marquez have since moved on from their infamous feud, but they found themselves battling it out once more at Silverstone on Sunday.

While dueling for third place, Marquez went off the track at the Maggotts corner in an attempt to close the gap to the Italian, which Rossi didn’t take kindly to.

“When you go out of the track, it means that you made a mistake,” Rossi said. “At the end it’s not fair that you don’t lose anything.

“But the rule is like this, if you go out of the track at a place that has the Tarmac and you don’t gain an advantage, you can continue. So it’s also like this for all of the other riders.

“Marquez is always very aggressive, but compared to the Sepang battle, this one was a lot different because both riders had the same target, to arrive in front and to try to go faster. This was the difference and I enjoyed it a lot.”

Rossi saw off Marquez’s challenge to claim third place, while the Repsol Honda rider had to settle for fourth after he went off the track at Stowe with two laps remaining.

The seven-time MotoGP champion was delighted to have finished on the podium and admitted that it was made sweeter by the fact that he had beaten Marquez.

“To arrive on the podium after a race like this, after a battle like this was very fun,” Rossi said. “It was a great race, it was a great fight with Crutchlow, with Marquez especially, with [Andrea] Iannone.

“The only shame is that Maverick [Vinales] didn’t wait for us, because we needed to have this fight for the victory. But except from that it was very fun.”