Marquez: One of the toughest weeks

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Marc Marquez has conceded that the past week has been one of the hardest of his life following his controversial clash with Valentino Rossi at Sepang.

Rossi will start Sunday's season-ending race in Valencia from the back of the race after it was ruled that he had forced Marquez off his bike during last month's Malaysian Grand Prix. Prior to the race Rossi had asserted that Marquez had tried to slow him during the previous round at Phillip Island in order to aid the title charge of Jorge Lorenzo. 

Marquez denied that he was trying to influence the Championship battle, where Rossi is currently seven points clear of Lorenzo, and he has once again stated that all he is looking to do is finish the season strongly.

“Honestly, it has been one of the most difficult weeks in my life. After Malaysia I tried to forget and concentrate one hundred per cent for the last race of the season, but it was not possible,” he told reporters.

The Spaniard added of Sepang: “I regret just that I don't finish the race for my team and for my target.

“Every race I am trying to do my best like everybody in his job, in his work: when you are working you are trying to do your best and every time I go out on the track I am trying to do my best for my sponsors, for my team. I did in Malaysia, I did in Australia and in Japan and I will try to do [my best] this weekend, try to finish in the front or in the podium. 

“It was a hard experience and it is not easy for a rider – also at 22-years-old – to be like this, but I think for the future this will help me a lot because I learn many, many things. I will continue learning and we must improve for the next season but my target is always to try to fight for the championship.” 

The two-time World Champion added that he would continue to fight for whatever position he finds himself in during Sunday's race.

“My mentality and my spirit for racing will keep the same, nothing change. If I need to fight against my team-mate, I will fight against my team-mate, if I need to fight against Jorge, I will fight against Jorge and if I need to fight against Valentino, I will fight against Valentino,” he said.

“We will see if I am fighting for first place, second third or fourth but in the end always I try to get the best result for my team and for me.”