Honda and Marc Marquez have claimed foul over Valentino Rossi’s shortcut at the final corner of the Assen MotoGP round on Saturday, stating that he took advantage to win the race.
Rossi and Marquez had fought out an epic duel around the Assen TT circuit, with Rossi looking to have the race won with three laps to go when Marquez made a mistake at the chicane.
But Marquez came back at him on the final lap, and surged up Rossi's inside at the final sequence of corners. They made contact, and Rossi rode through the gravel after cutting-out the left-hand element of the chicane, crossing the finish line 1.2s in front of Marquez.
HRC team principal Livio Suppo claimed that this transgressed the rules.
“Of course, Marc is really unhappy about it,” said Suppo. “OK, they touched each other, but then for sure Valentino took advantage, cutting the last corner. There will be a rider hearing, and then we will see."
Suppo defended Marquez’s lunge, which caused the contact in the first place.
“It was the last corner of the last lap, so I don’t think he did anything too aggressive, honestly. For sure, Valentino is very smart – Valentino is Valentino.
"He took the best out of a difficult opportunity. But the rulebook says you cannot cut the track, so let’s wait to see what the race direction decides.”