Rossi may pull out of Valencia

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is unsure if he will bother to participate in the MotoGP title decider in Valencia in two weeks.

After being penalised for his crash with Marc Marquez at Sepang this weekend and forced to start from the back of the grid in the next race, Rossi has suggested he may boycott the Valencia race in protest over the ruling.

As things currently stand, Rossi is seven points ahead of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the standings, but Sunday’s ruling, that sees him start at the back of the grid, will certainly make it almost impossible for him to win a record ninth MotoGP crown unless Lorenzo does not complete the Valencia race. 

"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.

"I repeat myself; I'm sorry he crashed because I just wanted to annoy him.

"I have always been a fair rider; the first point on my licence I took at Misano for a small error in qualifying, even when I had not taken anything away from Lorenzo [who kept pole position despite being baulked by Rossi]."