Grand Prix motorcycling legend Giacomo Agostini has weighed in on last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix controversy, saying that Valentino Rossi “lost his head” during his battle with Marc Marquez.
Rossi’s hopes of a 10th premier class title now hang in the balance after he was demoted to the back of the grid for the Valencia season finale as punishment for running Marquez wide and causing him to crash during their fight for third place.
Giving his take on a clash that has dominated MotoGP headlines since, 15-time champion Agostini told Spanish publication AS: “I think that Valentino lost his head.
“He was very nervous, fighting for the title. I can understand that, but you cannot make a move like this.
“Everyone saw his actions: he nearly stops, looks at [Marc] and tells him to piss off.
“He’s a great champion who knows how to keep everything under control, but this time perhaps he was out of control.
The clash came after Rossi accused Marquez of favouring Jorge Lorenzo’s title bid during the preceding Thursday press conference, and Agostini said the 36-year-old would have been wiser to keep his feelings to himself until after the end of the season.
“I think that Valentino did not need to create the controversy that he did on Thursday,” added Agostini.
“He could have expressed his feelings later – on Sunday afternoon, after Valencia, he could have said it all.
“But to create this controversy before two very important races, while the title is still at stake… he didn’t have to do that.”