Rossi: Marquez was out to help Lorenzo at Phillip Island

Valentino Rossi says he felt title rival Jorge Lorenzo was helped out by Marc Marquez during last weekend’s thrilling four-way battle at Phillip Island.

Rossi: Marquez was out to help Lorenzo at Phillip Island
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Podium: race winner Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, second place Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, third place Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team and Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Race winner Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team and Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marquez took honours in Australia last weekend after an epic scrap that featured 52 overtaking moves among the top four, the last of which saw Marquez pass Lorenzo for the lead at MG corner on the very last lap.

But having reviewed the race, Rossi said he believed the Honda rider could have won easily had he pushed throughout, but instead chose to vary his pace to allow Lorenzo a better chance of escaping out front.

“If we see another race like this, we have to speak with Marquez, because afterwards I see very clearly that he played with us,” said Rossi.

“I think his target is not just to win the race, but also help Lorenzo to go far and try to take more points from me.

“From Phillip Island it’s clear Lorenzo has a new supporter, which changes [things] a lot because Marc has the potential to go away alone and it can be another type of race.”

Marquez nonetheless brushed off Rossi's accusations, remaining adamant that his only concern was winning the race, and that he would only consider helping another rider on track if it was his teammate.

“If I wanted to help Lorenzo, I wouldn’t have passed him on the last lap and I wouldn’t have pushed to the limit and take the risk,” said the Honda rider.

“I don’t know why they say [I helped him].”

Explaining in more detail his mid-race drop-off in pace, he added: “Honda is pushing a lot the front tyre and at this race it was the softest compound; it was the only tyre we could race and I was struggling a lot.

“It’s true that I tried to manage the tyre, but I also tried to open a gap in the middle of the race and it was not possible.

“I did the best race for myself and my team, and most important is that I won. I would only help if it was my teammate; otherwise I push for victory.”

Lorenzo also dismissed any notion of receiving help from Marquez – when asked if it was the case, he quipped: “Yeah, mainly on the last lap!”

shares
comments
Crutchlow gets new Castrol livery for Sepang

Previous article

Crutchlow gets new Castrol livery for Sepang

Next article

“Marquez would prefer Lorenzo to win” – Rossi

“Marquez would prefer Lorenzo to win” – Rossi
Load comments
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Prime

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return? Prime

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Prime

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Prime

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice.

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue Prime

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Prime

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021
Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement Prime

Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.

MotoGP
Mar 20, 2021