Repsol condemns Rossi actions

Repsol, the title sponsor of MotoGP's factory Honda team, have released a statement slating Valentino Rossi for the incident with their rider Marc Marquez in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix. 

Sixth laps into the race on Sunday, after exciting manoeuvres between the two, Rossi took a wide line at Turn 14, pushing Marquez wide and they then made contact, sending the Honda rider crashing out of the race.

Repsol feel that Rossi kicked Marquez' bike when they were close causing him to crash. Race Direction, though, says that there is no clear evidence that the Italian deliberately kicked Marquez in the TV footage of the incident.

Rossi was given three Penalty Points and will start from the back of the grid in two weeks time in Valencia.  

Repsol clearly expected a stronger punishment and released a statement. 

The full Repsol statement can be seen below: 

"Dani Pedrosa achieved a great victory today in the Malaysian Grand Prix – a win that was unfortunately overshadowed by the unacceptable and unsportsmanlike conduct of Valentino Rossi against Repsol Honda Team rider, Marc Marquez. 

"On the seventh lap of the race, with Marquez and Rossi immersed in a battle for third place that involved several overtaking moves between the two, the Italian – in an absolutely intentional action – dealt an unsportsmanlike kick to the Repsol Honda rider that knocked him to the ground. 

"Although Marquez was, fortunately, able to escape unharmed from the attack, for Repsol the conduct of Rossi is absolutely unacceptable because it endangered – in a premeditated and unsportsmanlike manner – the safety of the Repsol Honda team rider. Repsol considers this an unsportsmanlike act incompatible with the values of sport and competition. 

"Repsol are deeply saddened that situations like that which occurred today in Sepang exist, especially as the company feel proud of sporting values: Companionship, competitive spirit and commitment from riders. Without these values, it would not make sense for Repsol to participate in the sport as a sponsor. 

"Repsol also call for a clear and strong regulation in the interest of the safety and physical integrity of the riders, which punishes behaviour like that seen today clearly and decisively. 

"The positive thing about this race was the great performance of Dani Pedrosa, who gradually pulled away from his rivals to score his second win of the season –following that achieved in Japan two weeks ago. 

"After this race, Marquez remains third in the overall standings with 222 points. Pedrosa moves up to fourth with 190 points. The World Championship will conclude in two weeks' time, with the Valencia Grand Prix." 

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