Rossi punished for Marquez incident

MotoGP Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has been punished for his clash with Marc Marquez at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and will start at the back of the grid at Valencia in two weeks.

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. 

Rossi went on to finish in third place behind race winner Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. The result put Rossi seven points ahead of his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo in the championship standings with one race remaining.  

According to reports, Lorenzo interrupted the MotoGP official hearing and demanded Rossi be disqualified.

After some time, the MotoGP officials confirmed that Rossi will keep his third place finish at Sepang but was handed three penalty points against his licence, meaning that he will start from the back of the grid in two weeks time at Valencia.

Rossi’s Yamaha team are appealing the decision from Race Direction.

In Valencia, if Lorenzo wins then Rossi would need to finish second to win the title.