Rossi to race in Spain despite penalty

Valentino Rossi has committed to participating in the season-ending MotoGP race in Valencia despite being handed what he believes is an unfair penalty.

The Movistar Yamaha rider, who currently leads team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by seven points in the race for the World Championship, will start from the back of the grid in Spain after it was ruled that he intentionally knocked Marc Marquez off his bike during last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rossi has denied that he purposively made contact with Marquez and was left furious that he was penalised. 

Speaking after the race, Rossi put his appearance at next month's race in doubt.

"Maybe I won't even start at Valencia, I need to decide," Rossi told the media in Malaysia. "It's an unfair penalty because I didn't want to make Marquez fall.

However, the nine-time World Champions has now confirmed that he will turn out at Valencia.

"Thanks to everyone for their fantastic support. Reading (your comments) has helped me overcome the bitterness and anger," Rossi wrote on Facebook. "From today we are working towards Valencia."

Prior to last weekend's race at Sepang, Rossi had accused Marquez of trying to help Lorenzo win the title by slowing him down during the previous race at Phillip Island. 

Marquez vehemently denied such suggestions and appeared galvanized by the comments as he battled with Rossi during Sunday's race before Rossi appeared to flick his leg at Marquez and send the Spaniard sliding into the gravel.

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