Rossi said it was a racing incident and regretted that his rival had crashed out. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA
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MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi will start the season finale in Valencia from the back of the grid after the Italian was penalized for clashing with Marc Marquez at the Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday. Dani Pedrosa claimed a dominant victory at Sepang and was followed home by Rossi's Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who has closed the gap on his championship rival to seven points ahead of the decider in Spain in two weeks' time.By avoiding disqualification, Rossi remains on 312 points ahead of the Valencia Grand Prix, seven ahead of Lorenzo with 25 available for victory in Spain.Rossi then declined to attend the traditional postrace news conference, where double world champion Lorenzo said: I don't think it's a good decision.
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