Misano, EN runganSport — Movistar Yamaha Rider, Valentino Rossi has refused an offer of handshakes from Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez at the San Marino MotoGP prescription.
The beginning of the conflict both occurred at Sepang at the end of the 2015 season and in an incident that made Rossi get a punishment in the form of the last grid start position in the Valencia final.
Their relationship seems to melt back in 2016, precisely in the Barcelona series.
But he returned to his senses in Argentina last April, when Rossi fell due to Marquez’s soft nudge again, when the race took place in wet conditions.
Ahead of San Marino MotoGP this weekend, Marquez told Sky Sport MotoGP HD Italy, “I want to make peace with him, I have no problem with Rossi.
“In Argentina, everything was calmer. I made a mistake and it was said to be bad luck for Rossi. I also tried to apologize,” Marquez said.
Rossi also claimed that there was no problem with Marquez when the comment was given to him during a press conference on Thursday at Misano.
“I heard this, but I don’t know … Sounds a bit strange, because in reality we didn’t have any problems between me and Marquez,” admitted the Italian rider.
“So I don’t know why we should make peace. For me it’s fine,” he continued.
Rossi was then asked if he would shake hands with Marquez? and what Marquez thought about Rossi’s assessment of the situation.
“For me it’s good, and of course if there is no problem (for Rossi), for me there is no problem …” Marquez said.
Marquez, who sat next to Rossi, then offered a handshake, but Rossi only replied with a smile, shook his head, and remained with his arms folded.
“Like this. I mean, what can I say?” Marquez said in reaction to the insult.
Rossi then reiterated his stance.
“We don’t need to shake hands. We’re fine. We have no problems,” Rossi replied.
This incident could be categorized as a new “Psy War” between the two drivers, who could have re-heated on the track. (DN/eV)