Marc Marquez has been speaking to the Spanish media ahead of the MotoGP preseason testing kicking off in Sepang – talking about his rivalry with Rossi, the arrival of Lorenzo at Repsol Honda, and his recent recovery.

Ahead of the 2019 MotoGP season kicking off in earnest, Marc Marquez has been talking about his rivalry with Valentino Rossi – and it seems Marquez has a lot of respect for the iconic Italian racer. He said: “I am the first to admire what he is doing at the age of 40, with everything he has achieved and with the same motivation, he is a reference driver.

However, that doesn’t mean the two aren’t destined to be best pals quite yet (at least while they’re racing one another), with Marquez adding: “I would not try to shake his hand again. You do it once and that’s it. At no time do I have a grudge or things like that.”

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