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Aragon, Marquez, Redding

Jorge was the same type of person as Marc, getting caught up in situations and comings together. That race ban was the only thing that started making him think about his actions on the race track and I think Marc should do the same. He needs to allow himself a little bit, one or two per cent of margin, to avoid these incidents because it's happened too often.

I'm sure Race Direction will make the right decision and it will be a talking point at our safety commission meeting in Sepang. The riders have no say in the final verdict but of course it will be discussed away from the media.

Scott Redding's ride in the Moto2 race showed somebody with the talent and the determination to deserve the World Championship. To start from 13th and keep his head up to be sixth at the end of the first lap and to take that challenge to second and then fight with his Championship rival takes massive credit.

Four races to go he has a real chance of that World title.

I'm going back to Oxford after Aragon to get packed for Malaysia, Australia and Japan. I'm going to Malaysia early, like I did for the winter tests, to acclimatise to the heat and humidity. The Sepang weekend will be very interesting for me and the team because of those pre-season tests.

I'm learning to live life on my own in Andorra and realising there is no magic fairy godmother to pick up your cereal bowl when you have finished your breakfast. If you put it down it's still there when you come back showing what an amazing job that Mum's do.

Apart from the washing up, I had a great time there before leaving for Aragon. I went trials riding with Leon Camier, Andy Walker and Simon Crafar and really explored Andorra riding on some amazing trails and seeing some fantastic sights.


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October 01, 2013 4:32 PM

@ B. Andy Race Direction are looking at MM's record clearly, cos the DP thing alone doesn't warrant attention. So 'pathetic' or not, this isn't Bradley's doing, he's just commenting on it when asked, & what he said makes sense. There seems to be quite a bit of agreement here in the paddock about MM being a bit of a loose cannon too. Ok, you can cry foul, jealousy, or even under-handed tricks to try to say that MM being investigated is unfair if you like, but Race Direction ARE considering it serious enough to warrant this action, and it seems (I didn't know) that the other riders opinions on Marc's behaviour are being sought & could have some impact on the decision. IMO, you just wanted to have a pop at Brad, & this gave you an 'excuse'. Pathetic.


October 01, 2013 2:26 PM

Bradley is not sitting on the fence here. I think like Bradly, everyone agrees that the incident on Sunday was a total accident and does not deserve any kind of penalty in itself. The real issue and the reason why there has been so much talk about it is obviously Marquez's record combined with the 'out of control' way he has been riding the Honda, almost clipping the rider in front of him two or three times per race. In my opinion being an aggressive rider does not mean being a dangerous rider, there is a difference. With Marquez unfortunately it's getting to a point in which he's starting to look like he could be a real danger to others. I don't think the safety commission can afford to ignore that, specially because if something like this happens again and a rider gets hurt, responsibility could lie more with them than with Marquez. I didn't think at first there would be any penalty issued but now I'm not so sure.

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