Controversy made Marquez ‘nervous’

Marc Marquez has said that he felt 'nervous' heading into the season finale at Valencia as he knew that if he didn't win the race he would be accused of helping Jorge Lorenzo claim the title.

Following his controversial coming together with Valentino Rossi in Malaysia after accusations from the Italian that he was trying to slow Rossi in Australia in order to further Lorenzo's title cause, the spotlight was on Marquez in Valencia.

The Spaniard failed to claim victory, finishing in second behind Lorenzo who secured the World Championship. The Repsol Honda rider's perceived failure to challenge Lorenzo for the win has seen him come in for much criticism from some sectors, with Rossi asserting that Marquez acted as Lorenzo's 'bodyguard'.

Speaking at the first day of post-season testing on Tuesday, Marquez said he had predicted the backlash if he didn't win in Valencia.

"After Malaysia I suffered a lot and when I reached Valencia I wanted to win the race, simply because we knew that if we did not we would be in this situation as has happened," said Marquez.

"I am not stupid either and knew it would end like this and this made me more nervous before the race started, even more than in 2013 when I battled for the championship [at the final race].

"It was one of the times I was more serious because I knew this [controversy] was coming, it was a situation I wanted to avoid in the first place by winning the race."

Marquez said that he was hopeful that with time Rossi would see that he had not attempted to influence the outcome of the title race.

"I honestly believe that within two or three months, when Valentino is at home without the stress of the championship, he will find a bit of everything," he said.

"At the end I had a very clear conscience and this is a pretty important thing to help you sleep.

"[Rossi was] making people believe things that are not true and that no other rider has expected him to say.

"Many people have believed him and I respect that, but in the end I continue, as always, for me but as I said I do not like this situation."

However, the 22-year-old admitted that it would be hard to move past their feud.

"Valentino is a legendary rider of this championship today, but in the end you have to look at him, always thinking of others and where you are," he said.

"We are in a great year for the championship, some riders are older and others younger.

"We all enjoy motorcycling, and we must try to turn the page, although it will be hard to forget."

He added: "I completely disagree with Valentino, but I will always be open to shaking hands with him in the future."

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