Valencia - Valentino Rossi's accusations
that he was robbed of a 10th world title by a Spanish plot were dismissed as
"unacceptable" by the powerful head of Honda racing.
Jorge Lorenzo claimed his third MotoGP
world title amid acrimony and accusations of collusion from vanquished Yamaha
Rossi went into the season-closing race in
Valencia seven points clear of Lorenzo, but the Italian legend was left with a
Herculean task starting from the back of the grid as punishment for pushing
Honda rider Marc Marquez off his bike in Malaysia.
Rossi surged dramatically through the pack
to finish fourth but Lorenzo led from pole to flag, despite intense pressure
from his Spanish compatriots, Honda duo Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
"Incredible work by Honda eh?,"
said 36-year-old Rossi. "I knew it would be like that and so it was in the
He accused Marquez of turning into
"It has never happened in sport and it
has been embarrassing," said the Italian.
"Lorenzo deserves the title, but he is
not a real champion because something has happened in this sport that had never
happened before and Lorenzo can't be happy."
But Honda Racing Corporation (HRC)
vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto lashed out at Rossi.
"We understand that it's been a very
difficult day for Valentino, after leading the championship for 17 races and
losing by just five points in the final race must be very disappointing,"
"However, on the other side we cannot
accept the strong accusations he has directed against our rider and Honda.
"Today Valentino has alleged that Marc
never attempted to pass Jorge, who has clearly had a very good pace all weekend
which he demonstrated by taking a strong pole position in qualifying.
"Marc was struggling to stay behind
him during the race and both him and Dani have done a great job to not lose too
much distance to Jorge."
Nakamoto added: "We cannot accept that
these accusations continue to surface time after time, as this is the perception
of one person - which we respect - but it is not the reality."
Whilst denying that "any pact"
existed with Marquez, Lorenzo intimated that his compatriots had helped him win
the title by not passing him.
"They knew what I had in play,"
Lorenzo said. "The fact they are Spaniards like me helped me.
"That helped me because for sure in
another kind of race they would have tried to overtake which they didn't this
He added: "If Valentino had been in my
position and with Italians behind they would have done exactly the same."
When asked about Rossi fans thinking he had
colluded to help Lorenzo Marquez replied: "For a winner, an accusation of
letting another person win is a lack of respect and an insult because we always
go out to win."