The first years in MotoGP of Marc Marquez they had brought a nice relationship with Valentino Rossi, between the Spaniard who had indicated his idol in Italian and the ‘Doctor’ who had welcomed the young talent, so much so that he invited him in September 2014 to the Tavullia Ranch. However, things quickly changed a short time later, starting from the final stages of the 2015 Dutch Grand Prix, with the contact that pushed Rossi – then winner – into the escape route of the last corner of Assen. The rivalry then exploded in all its vehemence a few races later, in Malaysia, at Sepang with the famous melee which, in fact, cost Rossi the chance to win the tenth title in the last race in Valencia. At the Race Direction he considered the Pesaro rider to be guilty and in fact assigned him some penalty points on his license that made him start last in the decisive race, which then ended in fourth place. The controversy flared up powerful in those weeks, with Rossi accusing his rival – with no chance of winning the championship – of having raced the last few races (Argentina, Malaysia) so as not to make him win the tenth title. And the last race in Valencia also ended up under the magnifying glass, with Jorge Lorenzo winning without even suffering an attack from Marquez, who stayed behind him for the whole race. When the Majorcan arrived he explained sincerely to Sky: “Both he and Pedrosa were good with me, they wanted the title to stay in Spain“.
From that moment on, communications between Rossi and Marquez were interrupted, then returning to the tracks of coldness and not of indifference until the last breaking point, Termas de Rio Hondo 2018. In an error of assessment, the ’93’ extended the ’46’, then remedying a penalty in the Race Direction. Marquez showed up in Rossi’s pits to apologize, but the ‘Doctor’ did not accept his rival’s apology. And at the Misano race the request for reconciliation at the press conference found a new negative response from the Yamaha rider. The only relaxing gesture between the two came in the rear of Argentina 2019, this time with a mutual handshake.
Despite the words of estimation spent by the Honda champion for Rossi’s retirement, Valentino hinted in the interview with BT Sports that it will be difficult, even after hanging up his helmet, to mend the relationship with Marc: “Marquez is a great rival and he is really fast and strong. One of the best. But I’m not very comfortable with Marquez, it’s difficult to fight with him. Improve relationships? Maybe in 20-30 years … “, the 42-year-old from Tavullia explained with a laugh.