In the latest episode of the “Route 46 - Route 93” special produced by DAZN in Spain, talk turns to 2015, or rather the period in which the rivalry between the two champions Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez reached its peak. At Sepang, the pair even made contact during the race, Marquez’s subsequent crash causing Rossi to be penalised. As a result, the Italian was forced to start from the back of the grid for the all-important, decisive last race of the season.
Rossi doesn’t forget
That Sunday at Valencia, Jorge Lorenzo won both the race and the title, and Valentino Rossi still clearly remembers what happened: “I think about 2015 a lot. When I think back, my feeling is exactly the same as it was on that Sunday after the race, even if five years have passed. I think it will always be this way”.
On the one side of the 'fence', Yamaha managing director Lin Jarvis admits: “I don’t remember the end of 2015 very well. Or rather, I remember it very well, but not as a positive experience”. While on the other side, Marc Marquez’s crew chief Santi Hernández states: “I don’t intend to comment. I experienced it first-hand and will keep it to myself. We’ll talk about it when we’re all retired and someone comes out with a book and the truth will come out”.
Translated by Heather Watson