The 2015 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix will be remembered and talked about for years. Not for the fact that Repsol Honda #2 Dani Pedrosa won the race. Not for the fact that Jorge Lorenzo took second place to pull within seven points of the championship lead. Today will be remembered as the day Valentino Rossi allowed his emotions to get the better of him, such that putting Marc Marquez in the weeds and out of the race became a higher priority than winning his tenth world championship.

Valentino Rossi went off on Marc Marquez, accusing the Spaniard of trying to sabotage him at various points this season and helping Jorge Lorenzo’s championship effort.

A one-sided war of words had erupted between Rossi and Marquez during Thursday’s press conference, when Rossi, unprompted, went off on Marquez for pretty much everything he could think of outside of halitosis. While a number of the top riders have criticized Marquez for his occasionally reckless riding style, up until this week no one had made things personal, which Rossi did. Slinging a bunch of defamatory accusations at a fellow rider is not against the rules, but it showed surprisingly bad form on Rossi’s part. Many of us thought it was purposefully overstated, Rossi playing mind games with Marquez, snubbing his teammate and championship rival Lorenzo, and/or putting the race stewards on alert for any misbehavior on Marquez’ part that could work to Lorenzo’s advantage.

Looking back, Rossi’s comments now appear genuine and perhaps even understated. What had gotten personal in the pressroom became personal on track today, with ramifications both immediate and forthcoming. The only good news resulting from today’s antics is that the season finale in Valencia has moved up the intensity chart, from “relevant” to “riveting” to, now, “epic.”

Dani Pedrosa earned his second win of the season but his victory was overshadowed by what transpired behind him.

Business as Usual at the Start

Thanks to a fast final lap in qualifying on Saturday, Rossi climbed up to the front row of the grid, pushing Lorenzo back to fourth, with the thoroughly revived Pedrosa sitting on pole after the fastest lap in Sepang history on a motorcycle and the ever-present Marquez sitting second. When the lights went out, Pedrosa led heading into the first turn, trailed by Marquez and Rossi, Lorenzo having been swamped at the start. No worries. Midway through the lap, Lorenzo sliced past both factory Ducatis into fourth place, setting up an Alien encounter for the ages.

Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez were on each other from the start of the Malaysian GP.

On Lap 2, Lorenzo went through on Rossi into third place while factory Ducati #1 Andrea Iannone was experiencing a mechanical failure that would end his day. In Turn 4 of Lap 3, Marquez (intentionally?) ran wide, allowing Lorenzo through, at which point Pedrosa and Lorenzo got away from their teammates and the drama that would follow. It appeared that Lorenzo, staying out of the fray in the media, was simply pushing hard to put some track between himself and Rossi. At this point we can’t know whether Marquez allowed this to occur or not. Matt Brit, the color guy on the announcing team, did ask, “How often do we see Marc Marquez going backwards in the standings?”

Four Unforgettable Laps

Lap 4 started with Rossi going through cleanly on Marquez, at which point it seems Marquez must have changed the setting on his dashboard from, like, “3” to “Get that Italian bastard.” Lap 5 was simply ridiculous, as the two went through on each other perhaps six or eight times, seeming to get more aggressive each time. The action continued on Lap 6 as Rossi, having passed Marquez once again, made a hurry-up signal with his left hand that I read as, “Come on, stronzo, you want some more of this?” Marquez, unafraid with his dad and brother in the garage, responded in the affirmative, setting up the events of Lap 7.

Valentino Rossi took his eyes off the prize of a tenth title to toy with Marc Marquez.

In a vivid example of the notion that reality is subjective, people will have wildly differing opinions on what actually occurred midway through Lap 7. Rossi, in the lead, appeared to drift wide in a fast right-hander, running slower than expected. As Marquez approached on his left, the Italian looked to his left once, then again, then appeared to slow down even more while veering farther left off the racing line. Marquez, expecting Rossi to accelerate, found himself with a Yamaha M1 closing in from his right and the curb approaching from his left. The two made contact, Marquez’ right front with Rossi’s left rear, causing Marquez to collapse the front and end up in the gravel. Rossi, having disposed of his new nemesis, went on to finish third; the last 13 laps were uneventful. As in, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”

FIM Rule Changes and Race Direction

Immediately after the collision, it was announced that Race Direction would be reviewing the incident. After the race, it was announced that Rossi had been assessed three penalty points for intentionally causing contact with another rider, similar to the penalty Hector Barbera had received in the morning for carelessly putting Tech 3 Yamaha pilot Pol Espargaro in the gravel during the warmup practice. The automatic appeal from Rossi’s people was unanimously declined.

Marc Marquez explains his perspective of what happened in the race.

Please bear with me while I go David tt for a minute. The three points, by themselves, would not have resulted in any kind of sanction for Rossi either today or at Valencia in two weeks. However, Rossi had received a penalty point at Misano earlier in the year for slow riding in the racing line during practice. It is this seemingly innocuous fourth point that is going to cause Rossi some major heartburn at the finale. FIM rules state that once a rider reaches four penalty points in a calendar year, he must start the next race from the last position on the grid.

After a meeting with Race Direction, Valentino Rossi was given three penalty points for his actions.

Thus, the season finale finds the two top riders separated by a mere seven points, with the leader starting from the ninth row, while the challenger, Lorenzo, is likely to start from the first. I remember watching Marquez win a Moto2 race at Valencia starting from the back of the grid in 2012, and thought it was one of his most amazing feats. It is simply inconceivable that a rider, even a Valentino Rossi, can pull something like that off in the premier class. The question, then, becomes how far in front of Rossi can Lorenzo finish, assuming both finish the race. The last time I saw one of the Aliens start from the back row – Pedrosa, after an issue with a jammed tire warmer several years ago – he crashed out on Lap 1 grinding his teeth to dust trying to get back up front. Before moving on, let me remind you that Lorenzo holds the tiebreaker due to his having won more races this season than Rossi. The Doctor’s seven point lead is actually six.

A Shocking Loss of Perspective

Today should have been a celebratory day for Valentino Rossi, as he became the all-time leader in grand prix racing starts with his 329th of a scintillating career. Today could have easily set up a spaghetti Western finish in Valencia, with the two top riders actually or effectively tied, facing one another, guns holstered and safeties off, at high noon in the middle of the dusty street. Instead, Rossi, the consummate veteran, the professional’s professional, allowed Marquez to get under his skin sufficiently to, in all likelihood, cost him a world championship.

In other news, Stefan Bradl had his best ever finish since switching to Aprilia, finishing tenth.

Thus far this season, Rossi and Marquez have gotten physical three times. The first, in Argentina, left Marquez down and out, the first indication we received that his third premier class title might not be automatic. The second, in Assen, resulted in Rossi cutting the corner while Marquez ran wildly wide, giving Rossi his first win since Rio Hondo, the irony steadily building. Today’s clash left Marquez once again in the gravel as Rossi rode merrily on. The merriment, however, was short-lived.

In Moto3 action, Danny Kent finished seventh but only 0.590 seconds behind the winner Miguel Oliveira. Kent holds a 24-point lead over Oliveira heading into the finale at Valencia.

Nothing gets sports fans going like a good blood feud, and we’ve got one now between two of the best ever, one at the tail end of his career, the other just beginning his own. Normally, it would be the younger combatant losing his cool and learning an important life lesson. Today, it was the grizzled veteran receiving a vivid reminder that one needs to keep his emotions off the track, that simply being annoying is not a violation of the rules, but administering an etiquette lesson at 100 mph is.

Looking forward to joining you all in Valencia in two weeks.

Valentino Rossi will start from the back of the grid at Valencia. Barring a crash from Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi will have a difficult time defending his seven-point advantage.
2015 MotoGP Sepang Top 10 Results
Pos. Rider Team Time
1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda
2 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha +3.612
3 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha +13.724
4 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech3 +23.995
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda +28.721
6 Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Ducati +36.372
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Ecstar +39.290
8 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Ecstar +39.436
9 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech3 +42.462
10 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Gresini +44.601
2015 MotoGP Top Ten Standings After 17 Rounds
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Points
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 312
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 305
3 Marc Marquez Honda 222
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda 190
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati 188
6 Bradley Smith Yamaha 171
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 153
8 Cal Crutchlow Honda 118
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 107
10 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 103
  • JMDonald

    Looks like Rossi was his own worst enemy. Emotion control is as important as throttle control is it not? If he pulls a miracle from last place on the starting grid in the last race of the season I would be shocked. Knowing the results is one thing. Reading a world class write up of the race is another. Well done.

    • john phyyt

      I have followed Val since he was in 125 but he has lost one fan forever; Rossi has form , don’t doubt that , putting Biaggi onto the grass memorably:
      These guys are all risking everything ; Simoncelli paying the ultimate price right under “the doctor’s” wheels. But they have to race each other week in week out; and this one act is just unacceptable: Going fast on a motorcycle has inherent risks ; but racing against someone who is prepared to bump you off is ghastly: Deadly!.
      Whatever sanction Rossi has been given would not satisfy : How is it okay for Marquez to be disqualified for riding one extra lap on suspect tyres; endangering himself only; Whilst Rossi recieves a slap on the wrist for this bit of criminality ? If Lorenzo fails to finish in front of Rossi ; he (Lorenzo) will still be the world champion, in my books:
      Note this well Yamaha; this is a “Tiger Woods” incident .

      • john phyyt

        Now that the dust is settling on 2015 ; Perhaps Yamaha could have serious discussions with Mr Rossi about his enormous contract price with thoughts of a huge discount: Perhaps Rossi’s management may care to have serious talks with Honda ( Probably not now . he he) or Ducati ( Yeah right); Then there is a brilliantly resurgent Pedrosa who may be available for a little over half the Euros.

  • kenneth_moore

    I’ve been rooting for Valli all year, and now I’m wondering if I should have. There’s ño doubt in my mind Marquez had it coming to him, he was clearly screwing with VR at Phillip Island. But Rossi is supposed to be the smart guy; he should never have allowed Marky Marc to draw him in to that pissing contest. A whole season of greatness was tossed down the drain.

    Great write- up.

  • Shlomi

    It’s a sad day for the sport as both of the top two riders demonstrated none sport behavior. I’m forever upset with Marquez for getting the worst of Rossi. Im upset of Rossi to show us that he is just human. I can’t believe how easy Marquez let Lorenzo pass by while fighting to the death with Rossi. I will not be surprise if Rossi announce retirement after Valencia. For Marquez I wish tough battles with Lordnzo and Iannone. The only bright side is Danny, one of the greatest, with simply bad luck.

  • Old MOron

    Well, it’s a messy situation, and the poor folks in Race Direction have to try to clean it up. Having said that, I think there is one key point they got wrong. Valentino did not initiate the contact.

    Notice that Valentino has both the inside line and the leading position. He executes what is basically a legal block pass. He uses this opportunity to glare at Marc.

    Having made his statement, Valentino turns his attention back to the track. As Valentino looks away, Marc very clearly initiates the contact. You can see him both angle his bike and accelerate into Rossi.

    Marc initiated the contact.

    Just for fun, let us also consider Valentino’s leg action. As far as Valentino is concerned, the moment is over. He’s not even looking at Marc. But you can see that Marc compresses Valentino’s leg into the Yamaha’s fairing. Without looking, Valentino quite naturally reacts to the inward pressure with outward pressure. It does not at all look like an attempt to cause a crash.

    • JMDonald

      After seeing this the only failing with Rossi was after the race. IMHO.

    • DickRuble

      If he hadn’t look back..I would give him the benefit of doubt. As is,it looks he waited for Marquez and cut him wide, preventing him from turning…

      • Old MOron

        Dani said during the press conference that the rider with the inside line has the right to push the outside rider as wide as he wants to. I can’t find a link to a free video, but if you have a motogp subscription, you can go to about 2:45 of this one.

        Dani did go on to question why Vale had slowed down so much, but he was clear about who had right of way. Dani did not question Valentino’s bike position. He questioned the seeming kick that Vale made. But we can see from the video above that there was no kick.

        • john burns

          I think I’m with your OM. When Rossi waved from in front on the previous lap, he was saying quit dicking around! let’s catch Pedrosa and Lorenzo. And when he slowed down he meant to look over and say WTF but I don’t think he intended Marquez to crash. marquez is a nut. Same deal when he kept bumping Brad Baker at Superprestitgio. You can’t ride your motorcycle where somebody already is riding his. Marquez ran into Rossi, he didn’t have to.

          • john burns

            And it’s not the first time this season he ran into Rossi from behind either!

    • Andre Capitao Melo

      Rossi left Marquez without a choice: it was either running out of the track or keep going until his helmet touched Rossi’s leg. As DickRuble said, Rossi looking at Marquez make it 100% certain that the move (trying to run Marquez wide) was intentional, and not a cornering mistake.

      • Old MOron

        Yes, Rossi ran Marquez wide intentionally. But at 2:45 of this video, Pedrosa says that the rider on the inside is allowed to do this.

        Marquez did have a choice. He could’ve backed off. Instead he chose to hit Rossi. You can see very clearly in the video that he both aims his bike and accelerates into Rossi.

        • Andre Capitao Melo

          Yes, the rider on the inside of the corner have the right to use all the track to ACCELERATE out of the corner, but if you listen to the engine noise of Rossi’s bike you can hear that his throttle is closed. Rossi has to count his blessings for not getting disqualified of the race.

          • Old MOron

            Three things:

            1. Pedrosa never mentions an acceleration requirement. When you execute a block pass, you do not accelerate. You are on the brakes. I think you’re just making up this requirement because you want to say that it’s Rossi fault.

            2. The rule is not, and cannot be: “If a rider does not accelerate, you are entitled to ram him with your motorcycle.”

            3. As I said in my original post, this a messy situation. I’m not saying Rossi was perfect, but I don’t think he merited penalty points. Or if he did, then Marquez deserves even more penalty points for deliberately ramming another rider.

          • Andre Capitao Melo

            I’m not making up anything, just trying to use some common sense. Regarding block-passing, you indeed use your brakes, because you do it BEFORE the apex, not after. Anyways, it’s useless to keep arguing here, if you think that what Rossi did was a proper racing maneuver that’s nothing I can say to change your mind.

          • Old MOron

            No hard feelings. Cheers, Andre.

          • Andre Capitao Melo

            Neither here. Cheers.

      • Evans Brasfield

        MM had the opportunity to run wide but chose not to. On that section of track, the green portion isn’t grass. It’s asphalt with green paint on it. So, there was plenty of runout. To me, it looked like he accelerated before turning in on Rossi and initiating contact with his head. Rossi’s reaction – much like the instinctual action of putting out a hand when you’re falling – was to push back with his knee. I’ve never seen contact between racers that didn’t have at least one of them fending themselves off from an impact.

        • Andre Capitao Melo

          It all depends on the reference point. It wasn’t MM who accelerated over Rossi, it was Rossi who closed it’s throttle to purposely run MM wide. Listen to Rossi’s engine, watch from other cameras. It’s clear as water.
          If the outside of the track is grass or not, it doesn’t matter.

      • CLARITY

        Marquez is a childish liar.His front end gave out because his front brake hit Valentino’s leg.That green run off area is actually paved and he could have gone there if he did not intend to crash.

    • selim 05

      I guess Marc speed is almost equal with Pedrosa and better than Lorenzo, but he purposely reposition himself to 3rd place to disturb Rossi. We can see from his acceleration to pass Rossi is very quick and he purposely let Rossi to pass him. Marc has 2 scenarios : First – Continue disturbing Rossi until Lorenzo secured at 1st or 2nd position and finally he will easily passing Rossi in the final lap. Second – to provocate Rossi’s emotion and to scenario the trap e.g. fall down because of Rossi with intention to get Rossi disqualified.

  • HeDidn’tWeDid

    Some of my non-motorcycling friends wonder why I pay $100USD/season to watch MotoGP. Today is as best of an example as I could ever give. Hard to explain to them that in the rest of the world that motorcycle racing on this level is rabidly supported. As far as Rossi, it is even harder to explain to them that he is like the top MLB/NBA/NFL/PGA star rolled into one athlete with the media savvy of a true pop star. Sure, unsavory actions all around…but name any other sport besides professional boxing where individual athletes compete on this level of fierce competitiveness. Rossi WAS being held back my Marquez. No doubt. Lorenzo, well, he just proved once again that despite his obvious talent on the M1 why he will never be a GOAT. His smug smile just prior to walking out on the podium was annoying. His hasty retreat from the podium as the Malaysian fans booed him was pathetic. And Marquez, wow, what about his absolute implosion this season as a title contender or his own chance to become a GOAT in MotoGP. Rossi will not want this title now, but I bet he does his best to prove in the last race that he is still a true racer. I bet he will meet little resistance from the other riders as he moves from back row to the front of the chase.

  • Randy Darino

    sometimes you have to make a point, even if it costs you.Im guessing it was more important to Valentino than winning.

  • DickRuble

    This is Zinedine Zidane headbutting Materazzi in 2006.

  • Bruce Allen

    I want to stay out of this but can’t. My take regarding OM’s video clip is that Marquez expected Rossi to accelerate and go back to worrying about the two in front of him, rather than closing the throttle, drifting wider and wider, forcing 93 to either hit him or run off the track. Apparently that’s the way Mike Webb saw it, too. Just sayin’.

    • selim 05

      u better put some suzuki pics in this article who finished 7th and 8th besides 10th aprilia.

      • denchung

        Suzuki finishing 7th or 8th isn’t unusual or particularly noteworthy as Vinales and Espargaro have done that several times this season, along with a couple of 6th place finishes. They finish in the top 10 most rounds, and were just outside in 11th a handful of times.

        Meanwhile, this is only the third time Aprilia has finished 10th but the first for Bradl since he switched. Heck, it’s only the second time Bradl has scored points on the Aprilia.

      • selim 05

        I guess Marc speed is almost equal with Pedrosa and better than Lorenzo, but he purposely reposition himself to 3rd place to disturb Rossi. We can see from his acceleration to pass Rossi is very quick and he purposely let Rossi to pass him. Marc has 2 scenarios : First – Continue disturbing Rossi until Lorenzo secured at 1st or 2nd position and finally he will easily passing Rossi in the final lap. Second – to provocate Rossi’s emotion and to scenario the trap e.g. fall down because of Rossi with intention to get Rossi disqualified.

    • Shlomi

      How many penalty points Marquez got for disabling Pedrosa traction control initiating contact on a turn?

      • wg

        Or for his actions at Assen?

      • Bruce Allen

        I’m pretty sure that was just racing. Honda modified the exposed traction control with a carbon fiber guard for the next race. MM had/has no reason to mess with Dani Pedrosa.

        • Shlomi

          Hitting your own team mate motorcycle is racing incident? It cost Danny to lose the championship.

          • Bruce Allen

            Listen, I agree that 93 still has some growing up to do. Is he a “dirty” rider? Perhaps. Maybe he was born 15 years too late. He might have fit in better back in the 500cc days, when pretty much anything was allowed. There have been plenty of instances where teammates have made contact; shit happens at 200 mph. Rossi/Biaggi, Pedrosa/Hayden, etc., etc.

          • selim 05

            I guess Marc speed is almost equal with Pedrosa and better than Lorenzo, but he purposely reposition himself to 3rd place to disturb Rossi. We can see from his acceleration to pass Rossi is very quick and he purposely let Rossi to pass him. Marc has 2 scenarios : First – Continue disturbing Rossi until Lorenzo secured at 1st or 2nd position and finally he will easily passing Rossi in the final lap. Second – to provocate Rossi’s emotion and to scenario the trap e.g. fall down because of Rossi with intention to get Rossi disqualified.

    • Gruf Rude

      I’m with Bruce and Mike Webb (and Lin Jarvis). Rossi intentionally set up the contact to run Marquez off the track and out of the race. As to the ‘kick’, I watched the replays a number of times and came to the conclusion that Rossi made sure that Marquez would run off the track by shoving his knee into Marquez’s elbow (not the ‘heavy’ bike but the very sensitive controlling arm). Rossi wanted Marquez out of it and did what it took to make sure that happened. As to either rider’s motivation(s), it is impossible to say, but I think Rossi’s attempt to ‘game’ the situation with his pre-race ratcheting up the tension did not get the effect he was looking for.

  • wg

    Just an observation or two:
    – When there is an incident like this, the one almost always involved, and with the most occurrences, is MM
    – MM let Lorenzo go through way too easily
    – Vale was riding on the inside and has the right of way
    – MM gets way too close, and leans over even further
    – Vale looks back at MM
    – MM looks to the right, at Vale
    So, who was in the wrong? Vale sticking out his knee to protect himself? Or MM trying to do one of his own tricks?
    And the looking back: wouldn’t you, when someone gets too close to you? Besides MM was clearly looking at Vale as well. Just less obvious, as Vale is in front of him.
    Unless the gentlemen will ever reveal what their real thoughts were, we won’t find out what happened.
    However, from my POV MM was wrong with what he was doing, and Vale maybe so for sticking out his knee, but at those speeds, one would want to protect oneself, no?
    No worse than what MM did in Assen. Why didn’t get MM points for what happened there?
    Regards, Wim

    • Tavares

      Vale also let Lorenzo go through way too easily. Just saying…

  • Vrooom

    When I watched this initially I thought it was 85% Rossi’s fault. However I later found some helicopter footage on You Tube that makes it clear that Marquez’ contact with Rossi caused his leg to come off the peg, which you just can’t see from trackside cameras.

  • DKing

    I just feel a little bit bad for Rossi. This may be his last chance at a 10th championship, and having his chances ruined just because some immature upstart can’t stand to be out of contention for the title. But only a little bit. He’s still a multimillionaire with 9 world titles; so I can’t feel that sorry for Here’s to Iannone or Pedrosa stomping the sniveling MM and 99 in years to come. And if Rossi still has a rabbit under his hat, that would be even better.

  • Gary

    You all must have seen a different race. I’m a big Rossi fan, but it is clear to me that he said some stupid things prior to the race and rode like a punk during it. I lost a lot of respect for him.

  • Eder Giovani Savio
  • B.Hoop

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with a sentiment posted elsewhere. Dorna has taken some lessons from Nascar, and drama has taken a front seat to the racing…

  • Bruce Allen

    For those of you wondering why I didn’t say a word about Smith’s great race, or Crutchlow’s great race (despite accidentally causing Dovizioso’s crash) or the Suzukis or anything else, it was just a matter of space. I hope to give the guys some props in the Valencia preview next week.

    • selim 05

      hey old man why no word on lorenzo leaving podium disrespectfully?

      • Bruce Allen

        Didn’t watch the podium or the post-race interviews, so I can’t comment.

  • Bruce Steever

    What would’ve been an epic season has degenerated into spoiled children having tantrums, then taking the ball and running home.

    Rossi should’ve know better than to engage. But we can also sympathize with him as he had to deal with the biggest troll the sport has ever seen.

    And Marquez has proven his character again and again and again and again. He’s fast, but not mature enough for the sport. I hope his behavior catches up with him.

  • John B.

    We will never know whether Marquez has been racing in a manner that helps Lorenzo. Obviously, that would be, among other things, poor sportsmanship. It seemed to me the ontrack battle between Marquez and Rossi while in third and fourth position made them go slower not faster. Normally riders in third and fourth focus on riding fast laps to catch the riders ahead, and do not engage in counterproductive exchanges. I interpreted Rossi’s wave at Marquez as him saying, “Stop this nonsense and let’s catch the leaders.”

    All riders, no matter how talented on the track, are human, and Rossi’s accusations on Thursday were slanderous. If I were Marquez I would have been looking to tangle with Rossi. Bottom line, motorcycle is too dangerous to allow riders to resolve grudges on the track.

  • Fausto Carello

    Dream: Rossi win the championship then say good by to moto GP and go to SBK with the new R1

  • William Marvin Parker

    Sans finding some maturity, MM will have a short career. Sure he’s fast, but often outta control. Can you imagine, say, Nicky Hayden’s response if Marquez had pulled that in his prime? Likely woulda responded with a track side flogging..

  • Marcus Vicis

    And the winner is…

  • Bruce Allen

    Listen up everyone. Just want to say that I love the passion you show about MotoGP. I appreciate the kind words from some of you and take the criticism from others seriously. No question that many of you know more about the sport than I do; I learn a lot from your comments. (Lucky for me that MO just pays me for my good looks and wicked humor.) It feels like the season is ending too soon. The staff writers and editors at MO pay attention to how many comments these articles get. So thank you for making me look good.

  • Bruce Allen

    A quick thank you to you all for being so passionate about MotoGP and taking the time to share your insights. I appreciate the kind words and pay attention to the criticism. I had to convince MO back in 2008 that you guys were hungry for racing stuff, and it appears I was right.

    There’s just one thing. If you up-vote your own comment expect to get flame broiled like Jack Miller’s bike last Saturday. I may not know squat about motorcycle racing, but I’m an expert on lame, and “liking” your own post is lame. Just sayin’.

    The die is cast for an intriguing finish to the season in Valencia. (Assuming Rossi shows up.) No matter how disgusted you may be by the debacle in Sepang, I’ll wager all of you will be glued to the broadcast on 11/8. Cheers!

    • Old MOron

      Keep up the good work, Brucey.
      There was a time when I stopped reading MO. The lack of race coverage was one of the things I didn’t like. I’m glad to have your MOronic commentary.

      As for the grand finale at Valencia, if Rossi doesn’t show up, I doubt I will watch. Not because I want to protest anything. Simply because it will be the most boring, anticlimactic race ever.

      Now I’m going to up-vote this post just because I’m feeling wryly contrarian this morning.

      Aw shucks, can’t do it. Lame is not funny.

      • DKing

        What if Marquez accidentally takes out Lorenzo, and you miss it!!?? I was curious if Rossi could even skip it if he wanted to, or if the riders may be under some kind of legal contract to race unless injured…

        • Old MOron

          Hmm I hadn’t even considered something like that. Thanks to you, “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.”

          Well, a Marquez-Lorenzo crash would be sensational, but it would still be anticlimactic. As for contracts, anyone can break a contract at any time. It may be costly to do so, but some riders can afford it. Anyway, Rossi has twat (my preferred present perfect conjugation of “tweet”) that he will race, so game on!

          • DKing

            Ha, ha, happy to ablige!….It is nice to hear Rossi will be blazing his own saddle through the pack. If anything; that will be fun to watch him doing what he does best. Game on!

        • Bruce Allen

          I expect Marquez to give EVERYONE a wide berth in Valencia. No more effing around with Rossi or anyone else. If he ends up fighting Dani for the win, so be it. Otherwise, I expect him to be a boy scout. The most interesting aspect of the race will be to see whether the grid allows Rossi to get up front quickly.

          • DKing

            Yah that sure will be. I bet a lot of them will be leery of interfering too much. It could get very close if Lorenzo isn’t quite running in first and Rossi can make it well up into the top 10. I’m kind of wondering if Hayden will exchange a few overtakes with Rossi for one last