Pedrosa’s Win Eclipsed By Rossi & Marquez Clash At Malaysian GP

Dani Pedrosa wins the 2015 Malaysian GP in dominant fashion. This win, however, was eclipsed by the drama and tension created by Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. The duo had a fall out at Thursday's press conference and everything went downhill from there.

From the beginning, Valentino Rossi made a clean getaway to maintain third place. Repsol Honda duo Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were up ahead. Jorge Lorenzo was down in sixth, however, with aggressive moves over the Ducati's, he was right behind Rossi.

What followed will always be remembered as a bad day for racing and the spectators. The drama began with Lorenzo overtaking Rossi under a yellow flag. Surprisingly, Lorenzo moved up ahead of Marquez with relative ease, who does not put up a fight.

Valentino Rossi decides that he too needs to overtake Marquez and this is where it all begins. The duo trade places constantly and almost forget that they are racing for the MotoGP Championship. Marquez and Rossi make aggressive moves over each other constantly. They almost touch fairings at every other corner. Rossi almost warns Marquez on two occasions and even displays hand gestures, asking him what is going on.

Valentino Rossi eventually seems frustrated and tries to disrupt Marquez's racing line, however, in this process both of them touch and the Honda crashes out. This move sealed the fate of Rossi's 2015 MotoGP Championship as race direction would review this incident.

Race Direction handed ‘The Doctor' three penalty points on his license, making it four penalty points as he received one at Misano, which means for the last race of 2015—Valentino Rossi would be starting from the last position, which surely ends his title aspiration for 2015.

Rossi still leads the 2015 MotoGP Championship by seven points, and will be a monumental achievement if Rossi can manage to score more points than Lorenzo by starting from the last position on the grid. Notably, Marquez has not been penalised for intentionally slowing down Rossi, and Lorenzo too receives no penalty for overtaking during a yellow flag. This year's MotoGp Championship ain't over till the fat lady sings!

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Story first published: Monday, October 26, 2015, 9:19 [IST]
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