[UPDATE\: 25/10/2015, 18\:31 IST] The men at the epicentre of the issue have presented their versions of the incident.Rossi\: 'Marquez knows it wasn't red mist that caused the incident. It's very clear from the helicopter footage that I didn't want to make him crash, I just wanted to make him lose time, go outside of the line and slow down, because he was playing his dirty game, even worse than in Australia. When I went wide and slowed down to nearly a stop, I looked at him as if to say 'what are you doing?'. After that we touched. He touched with his right underarm on my leg and my foot slipped off the foot peg. If you look at the image from the helicopter it's clear that when my foot slipped of the foot peg, Marquez had already crashed. I didn't want to kick him, especially because, if you give a kick to a MotoGP bike, it won't crash, it's very heavy. The sanction is not good, especially for me, because I didn't purposefully want to make him crash, I just reacted to his behaviour, but I didn't kick him. You can't say anything in the press conference, maybe it changes something, but to me this was not fair, because I just want to fight for the championship with Jorge and let the better man win, but like this that's not happening. Like I said, I didn't want to make Marquez crash, but I had to do something because at that moment Jorge was already gone. The championship is not over yet, but this sanction cut me off by the legs and made Marquez win.Marquez\: 'Valentino overtook me, I followed him for half a lap, and I saw that I could go faster than him, so I tried to overtake him back. We started a fight between us and I always passed without making any contact with him. At Turn 14 he passed me on the inside, I sat the bike up, he kept going straight ahead and I saw him looking at me. I didn't know what to do. Then he kicked out at me, knocking my brake lever, and I crashed. I will leave the sanction in the hands of Race Direction. All I know is that I scored zero points and ended up in the gravel, but thankfully I'm fine. Both what Valentino said to Race Direction and what he did on the track has made me disappointed. I've never seen anything like it\: a rider kicking another rider. It might be down to nerves, but I want to try to forget about all this and the important thing is that I'm fine physically. I hope, for the sake of the sport that this ends here.Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha's team director, confirmed the appeal lodged by his team for revoking the penalty had been dismissed by the stewards.'We made an appeal to the FIM stewards against the penalty issued by the Race Direction because whilst we respect the infringement, we felt 3 penalty points were too harsh. We have since heard that the appeal has been rejected. We respect this final decision.'[UPDATE\: 25/10/2015, 15\:29 IST] Things really have come to a head today. The accusations levelled by Rossi against Marquez on Thursday, the brief on-track exchanges in Free Practice and Qualifying, and now, to this. The Doctor chose to skip the post-race press conference, leaving Lorenzo and Pedrosa to deal with a barrage of questions about an unsavoury incident in which they weren't even involved.While Pedrosa chose his words carefully, Lorenzo was a bit more expressive when asked about his view on the incident and the resulting penalty for his team-mate, and said Rossi probably got away easily because he is Valentino Rossi.'I think it is unfair. Maybe because [of] his name, he can get no points [deducted] this time. Valentino should have the same points as Marc (Marquez) [for this race]. I think not only me but a lot of people will lose respect for Valentino. If another rider would have done what Valentino did, he would face a greater penalty,' said JL99.Pedrosa, choosing to attribute the seemingly lenient penalty to the grey areas in the MotoGP rule book, was quick to point out that Rossi, by accusing Marquez of playing dirty, has forgotten what he used to say about the sport. ''??Valentino always says this is racing, but now he is changing his statement. There is a contradiction,' said the race winner.Race Director Mike Webb has justified the severity of the penalty levied on Rossi, explaining there is no 'clear shot' which proves Rossi kicked Marquez, but the contact was deemed deliberate on Rossi's part. While he said that Marquez, in Race Direction's view, was 'deliberately trying to affect the pace of Valentino', he 'didn't break any rules', and so, he wasn't charged with anything.At this time, we are yet to hear Marquez's side of the story.Repsol Honda will likely appeal against the penalty. This is far from over. We'll have more details in some time...[UPDATE\: 25/10/2015, 14\:33 IST] Race Direction has handed three penalty points to Valentino Rossi for the clash. He will start the final race of the season from the back of the grid. He keeps the 16 points he secured at the Malaysian GP.[Filed\: 25/10/2015, 13\:47 IST] Dani Pedrosa has won the Malaysian Grand Prix, and by finishing second, Jorge Lorenzo is now just seven points behind Valentino Rossi in the championship.But none of that is of any relevance at the moment. What is, is what transpired on Lap 7 between Rossi and Marc Marquez. In what appeared to be a deliberate move, Rossi, who was engaged in a fierce battle for third with the 22-year old, tried cutting into Marquez's racing line, and contact was made (watch it here), which sent the Honda gun sliding into the grassy run-off area. Marquez picked up the RC213V and rode straight back into the pits to go and speak with Race Direction.We don't yet know what exactly happened, and as we speak, the stewards are hard at work, trying to figure it out. Rossi looked downcast in parc ferme, and even when he spoke about the incident, he sounded unconvincing. We will be updating the story as and when we hear from the authorities, so do come back for more.
deliberately trying to affect the pace of Valentino