MotoGP legend Rossi announced on Thursday ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix that the current season will be his last in MotoGP, marking the top of a 26-campaign profession in grand prix racing.
A sequence of incidents in 2015 – culminating within the notorious Sepang conflict after Rossi accused Marquez of conspiring to sabotage his title hopes within the earlier Australian GP – led to a bitter falling out between the pair, with their relationship strained ever since.
Since Rossi’s retirement announcement, a lot of his rivals from his profession – together with Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner – have taken to social media to pay tribute to the Italian.
On Friday after observe for the Styrian GP, Marquez shared his ideas when requested by Motorsport.com for his response to the announcement.
“Yeah, yesterday my guess was one other one,” Marquez stated. “I assumed he would proceed yet another yr along with his group.
“For me it’s like we lose one thing, we lose part of MotoGP, possibly the largest a part of MotoGP as a result of Valentino at all times convey lots of people and he did many issues and plenty of good issues inside the observe and in addition outdoors of the observe.
“So, everyone is aware of our private relationship shouldn’t be the very best one and everyone has his method, however I don’t have any issues and I can recognise that we’re dropping one thing massive in MotoGP.
“Fortunate for MotoGP, nonetheless he will likely be concerned on this planet, but when we consider his profession – his 25-year profession, or possibly extra – it’s one thing particular, distinctive and [he’s] a legend.
“So, congrats to him for his profession and I want him the very best for the long run.”
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Group
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Rossi’s retirement will go away Marquez as the largest attraction in MotoGP going into 2022, however he says “I don’t really feel with the accountability of taking on from Rossi”.
On Thursday Rossi stated he felt he “deserved” to win a tenth grand prix title having come shut on two events in 2006 and 2015.
In an interview earlier this yr, Rossi stated it was “not possible to forgive” Marquez for what the Italian claims was a plot orchestrated by the Honda rider to rob him of the title.