It was too obvious to deny. When Rossi settled in behind him in fourth, Marquez slowed. When Rossi passed, Marquez passed again immediately and slowed.
Ex act ly!
Rossi knows how to compete and I'm not sure he has EVER come out on the short end of one of these skirmishes. He was going to take care of business that needed to happen. It was almost like MM wanted to best Rossi at being Rossi... and he was being uber-cocky about it.
I DO NOT think Marquez went down on purpose.
What I'm pissed about... is that race control didn't have the flag men out there shaking the meatball flag at Marquez. In club racing, this is how racers are threatened with penalty or disqualification if they continue with shenanigans. For two full laps, MM had meatball flag written all over him.
I think Rossi's best move would have been to be more patient... but the moto press points out that the Yamahas have been fast at the beginning of the race and the Hondas at the end... this would have fooked Rossi's race... so his impatience was warranted.
I think race control made a wise decision, considering all of the perspectives. Penalizing Rossi 3 points was about like half the difference of getting 3rd and 4th place (I think) and their judgement was against Rossi for altering Marquez's line, not for contacting him.
About Pedrosa and Lorenzo... I know it's hard to root for either because they are not good with cameras.
Lorenzo comes off like a cold, little jerk... but I don't think he is. He is consumed with the sport, talented beyond belief, not good with the language barrier... kind of a spanish brat, but in his 100-percent race-immersed life... he hasn't had time to learn to be homecoming king, etc. When he's not focused on racing, he sounds like a nice kid to me. On the racetrack, I don't think I've seen a human with more machine-like perfection. He hits his marks to the friggin' centimeter. To me, he doesn't seem have the strange ability to make bad lines work, like some others... but no other hits their marks with robotic precision like he does. If he wins the championship, I'll cheer. He works his azz off, and he'll deserve it if he gets it.
I met Pedrosa years ago. I saw the MOB of people around Rossi, so I walked around to the other paddocks where no fans were. There stood little Dani, same size as my little daughter and we had a laugh about how long it took to get through the Rossi fans. He said he loves walking around in the US, because the public here doesn't know him. In Europe, some unruly fans would haze him for the times he beat Rossi.
Anyhow, these kids are just amazing to me, and I have lots of respect for all of them... Marquez included. I think MM just had a bad attitude here and I hope he matures and gets through this.