When you are watching two talented Moto GP stars go head to head, you really expect some miracles. But what transpired at Sepang was plain old dirty trickery and not something you would expect from a legend like Valentino Rossi. For Marc Marquez, a rider who actually idolizes Rossi, this must have hurt in more ways than one. Battling for third place, Rossi apparently felt Marquez was slowing him down. So on the turn, just as Marquez looked like he would slip past Rossi, the veteran just reached out with his left leg and nudged Marquez sending him crashing into the dirt.
This dirty move by Rossi earned him a penalty, but didn’t cost him a podium finish. He came in third behind Jorge Lorenzo in second and Dani Pedrosa who won the Malaysian GP. Rossi was ticked off and will start in last place at the Spanish Moto GP on November 8.
Here’s that crucial moment from the race: