THIS is the moment that appears to have reignited the fierce feud between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.
The MotoGP legends were at all-out war just two years ago, following a string of incidents that culminated in Rossi accusing Marquez of trying to manipulate the championship so he could not win, leading to their infamous and ugly clash at the 2015 Grand Prix of Malaysia.
Tensions simmered until a tragic incident — the death of Moto2 racer Luis Salom in practice at Barcelona in 2016 — shocked them both into a mutual cessation of hostilities.
That truce may now be over.
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Marquez clumsily bumped Rossi onto the grass in the closing laps of the Grand Prix of Argentina as he carried out an aggressive charge through the field, following an early-race penalty for bump-starting his bike on the grid moments before the race got underway.
Rossi was enraged, wildly gesticulating as Marquez rode off. For his part, the Spaniard himself was gesturing in apology, clearly not having intended to cause the Yamaha rider to crash.
Race direction soon took action, handing Marquez a 30-second time penalty that dropped him from fifth at the chequered flag to 18th — one place ahead of Rossi in 19th.
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As soon as he got back to the pits, Marquez made a beeline to the factory Yamaha garage to apologise to Rossi for the incident.
Rossi, however, had departed the garage by the time he got there.
Instead, the nine-time world champion’s closest friend and ally, Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci, strongly told Marquez his presence was unwanted.
“How dare you come here, into this garage,” the TV broadcast cameras overheard him say. “Never come back here again.”