Lorenzo: Rossi’s status affected penalty

Jorge Lorenzo believes officials did not hand Valentino Rossi a harsh penalty because of the status the Italian has in the sport.

Following Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, replays show that Rossi deliberately slowed down and then lifted his left leg off the bike and made contact with Marc Marquez's bike, causing the 22-year-old to crash.

As a result, Rossi recived three penalty points and will start from the back of the grid at the Valencia Grand Prix. However, Lorenzo, who is now seven points behind riders' championship leader Rossi, beleives the penalty from Race Direction should have been more harsh.

"To be honest I just hear the decision and I don't think it is a good decision, because he take out Marc and Marc crash and get zero points, but Valentino keeps 16 points," the Spaniard told crash.net. 

"I think it is unfair and maybe because [of] his name, he can get no points [deducted] this time. I saw [the incident] once. It's unbelievable; I saw and I didn't believe – it doesn't enter my head to do these kind of things, never in my life. 

"In this kind of corner that you are completely in the angle, braking in the angle, to put up straight the bike and slow the other rider and make like this with the leg – it's unbelievable that this happen.

"But it happened and Race Direction made a decision and we have to respect it, but I don't share it to be honest.

"Minimum, Valentino should have the same points as Marc because without this action, Marc would not crash and he will finish probably in third position or fourth position. If he didn't finish the race and get zero points Valentino should make the same. 

"With much less aggressive actions by other riders, they get much higher penalty sanctions but, as I say before, his name is very important for the championship and maybe because of that, he doesn't get any sanction on points in the championship."