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Rossi, Marquez in controversial Sepang clash

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Sunday 25th October, 2015 - 8:33pm

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Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez collide

Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez collide

Dani Pedrosa has claimed victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix which saw a controversial clash between championship leader Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez.

The factory Honda rider led home title contender Jorge Lorenzo but it was Marquez and Rossi that grabbed the headlines when the pair collided while disputing third spot.

Marquez and Rossi were locked in a fierce battle as they produced a series of tight overtaking moves.

However, the battle reached boiling point when Rossi appeared to dive underneath Marquez and drift into the rider forcing the reigning world champion to drop his Honda.

A clearly angry Marquez managed to bring his bike back to the pits to retire from the race, while Rossi went on to finish third.

Race Direction investigated the incident after the race with stewards issuing Rossi with three licence penalty points. He will also be forced to start from the rear of the grid at the Valencia season finale.

Yamaha has since confirmed they will appeal the decision.

The incident arrives just days after Rossi accused Marquez of intentionally trying to help title rival Lorenzo at the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

At the front there was nothing Lorenzo could do to prevent Pedrosa from taking the win, but the second place finish saw the Yamaha rider cut Rossi’s championship lead to seven points.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith came through to finish fourth ahead of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, while Danilo Petrucci impressed aboard the Pramac Ducati to claim sixth.

Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales were seventh and eighth, with Pol Espargaro and Stafan Bradl completing the top 10.

Australia’s Jack Miller finished in 17th position while fellow countryman Ant West was 20th.

New South Wales rider Damian Cudlin, who is filling in for the injured Alex de Angelis, retired from the race.

Result: MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang

Position Rider Team Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 40:37.691s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +3.612s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +13.724s
4 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha +23.995s
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda +28.721s
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati +36.372s
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki +39.290s
8 Maverick Vinales Suzuki +39.436s
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha +42.462s
10 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini +44.601s
11 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda +47.690s
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati +52.112s
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati +52.360s
14 Toni Elias Forward Yamaha +53.619s
15 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini +53.631s
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda +1:01.431s
17 Jack Miller LCR Honda +1:02.828s
18 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Ducati +1:05.075s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda +1:09.877s
20 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda +1:24.749s
DNF Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Retirement
DNF Marc Marquez Honda Retirement
DNF Loris Baz Forward Racing Retirement
DNF Andrea Iannone Ducati Retirement
DNF Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project Retirement

Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 312
2 Jorge Lorenzo 305
3 Marc Marquez 222
4 Daniel Pedrosa 190
5 Andrea Iannone 188
6 Bradley Smith 171
7 Andrea Dovizioso 153
8 Cal Crutchlow 118
9 Danilo Petrucci 107
10 Pol Espargaro 103
11 Aleix Espargaro 97
12 Maverick Vinales 92
13 Scott Redding 83
14 Yonny Hernandez 53
15 Hector Barbera 33
16 Alvaro Bautista 29
17 Loris Baz 28
18 Stefan Bradl 17
19 Jack Miller 17
20 Nicky Hayden 16
21 Eugene Laverty 9
22 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 8
22 Michele Pirro 8
24 Mike Di Meglio 8
25 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
26 Takumi Takahashi 4
27 Toni Elias 2
28 Alex de Angelis 2

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