Dani Pedrosa admits he has concerns that Valentino Rossi’s actions on track with Marc Marquez could set a dangerous precedent for young riders who look up to the nine-time champion.
Rossi was penalised for forcing Marquez wide and making contact with the Honda rider at Turn 14, causing the Spaniard to crash on the seventh lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
As the controversy unfolded behind, Pedrosa romped to an untroubled second victory of the season, but voiced his concerns in the post-race press conference about the example that Rossi’s move could set for the many young riders who look up to him.
“Valentino is the greatest rider of this period; he has a lot of fans around the world and a lot of young riders who look up to him," said Pedrosa.
“So it’s a little tricky now to see his actions [with Marquez] because [what he does] sets in the mind of the young guys, they admire him, so it’s important to take the right action.
“Everyone can make mistakes obviously, but that’s why he should be here [in the press conference to explain himself].
“Many people look at what he’s doing, and we [as riders] must try to do things right and correctly.”
Pedrosa gives his take on the clash
Having reviewed footage of the incident, Pedrosa was restrained in his response, but admitted he was “really disappointed” with Rossi’s actions.
“When you have the inside, you can go as wide as you want because the guy on the inside always has the preference,” said the Spaniard.
“But the speed at this time was already very slow, Marc understood that and had his throttle completely closed, waiting for Valentino to turn.
“Then there is one moment where Vale’s leg moves and Marc crashes. I don’t understand why his leg moves.
“It’s not a good thing and I’m really disappointed about it.”