Rossi has established himself as a legend of the sport but has been not able to add to his championship tally.

When Rossi came up of an summit he developed a competition with Honda riders Marc Marquez — that this season procured a fifth MotoGP name that was dominant from six attempts.

The relationship between your group has stayed tense, also Puig — that shot the team up boss role at Repsol Honda at the onset of the year — indicated Rossi was the offender at the rift.

“Valentino was an excellent rider,” Puig told Spanish everyday La Vanguardia. “He’s every one my admiration.

“At his age [39], he has the talent to move, the desire and he doesn’t accept not being able to triumph.

“But he is having difficulty accepting that his moment is over. On occasion the methods he uses are not the perfect ones.

“At no time have I found Marquez out of line, doing whatever malicious towards Rossi. It had been race events.

“in life everything has its own moment, although Rossi is respected by me. And enjoy it or not, Marc is number one [now]. ”

Rossi was exceptionally critical of Marquez earlier this season following a crash using the Spaniard left him on the ground in the Argentina MotoGP race.

Marquez had tried to apologise to Rossi after that race but has been turned away by the Italian’s right hand person Uccio Salucci — while Rossi later turned down Marquez’s offer of a handshake during a Misano press conference.

“Marquez doesn’t care at all concerning the wave of opinions that’s being generated from rdquo; Puig continuing, & Vale’s environment.

“On the contrary, we’ve sensed weakness in their activities. ”

Puig, that had been instrumental in registering yet another described the 25-year-old Marquez to be “quite close” to a ideal rider.

“Marc doesn’t behave he doesn’t pretend to be someone &rdquo.

“He’s fascination and got the humility to understand , to listen and to own esteem. He is, If he gets on the motorcycle. He has a system built to go at full speed.

“Perfection doesn’t exist, but he is close. Perfection has been the very best, also he is. As to how much better he could be given his agehe still has room for growth. ”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha Factory Racing, marc Marquez Valentino Rossi

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