Marc Marquez questions Valentino Rossi intent in ‘aggressive’ move
Marc Marquez has questioned why Valentino Rossi reacted the way he did after the two came together in qualifying for Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.
Rossi, racing in front of his adoring home crowd, was more determined than usual to improve on his eventual seventh place finish.
But he and Marquez came together on their final runs with the Spaniard overtaking 'The Doctor' into turn 11 before Rossi attempted to reverse the positions.
- Watch Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez in heated clash in MotoGP qualifying
His move was in vain and curtailed the laps of both riders, but Marquez thought Rossi had given up on his lap and therefore thought his reaction was excessive.
“Of course was an aggressive reaction because I didn't expect,” he said.
“I didn't expect because his lap was also cancelled, because in the exit of Turn 6, and this is important, he already touched the green.
“For that reason it's difficult to understand which was the intention.”
Marquez claimed he could take a guess at why Rossi would make such a bold move to overtake him, but tried to give the Italian the benefit on the doubt.
He added: “Of course I can imagine, but I cannot say, because you must trust him and he will explain. But I know his answer – [he’d say] that he tried to overtake me and went wide.”
The skirmish undermined both riders as they finished fifth and seventh respectively.
Rossi's team-mate Maverick Vinales put his Yamaha on pole position ahead of Pol Espargaro and Fabio Quatararo.
Franco Morbidelli lines up narrowly ahead of Marquez on the second row.
Marquez is closing in on his sixth MotoGP world title and holds a commanding lead over his rivals.
The Spaniard though has only won in Misano on two of the six occasions he has visited the circuit while racing in the premier class.
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