Despite a solid victory for Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, it was Valentino Rossi who stole the headlines at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
In an action-packed race, Rossi, who would later finish in third behind championship rival Jorge Lorenzo, found himself facing a post-race investigation after the Italian was adjudged to have kicked out at Marc Marquez – an event which race officials believed caused the current world champion to fall from his bike before retiring from the race.
The incident, which took place on lap 13, means that Rossi will now start the final race of the season from the back of the grid – a penalty which he believes may have cost him the championship.
With Rossi finishing behind Lorenzo, the championship will definitely be decided when the current season comes a close in Valencia on November 8th. As things stand, Rossi’s lead is only a meagre seven points, but given the punishment the six-time world champion is set to face the next time he mounts his Yamaha in just under two weeks’ time, Lorenzo has suddenly found himself as the odds-on favourite to claim a dramatic championship win.
Riding in front of what will be a sell-out crowd in Valencia, the home support will be cheering for Lorenzo as the man from Palma bids to claim his third Moto GP world championship. However, with an angry Rossi storming through the pack, the Italian fan favourite will be doing everything in his power to ruin the party.