MotoGP » Moto3: Salom penalised for Motegi clash

“It was not on purpose. I was fighting for victory and just made a mistake” - Luis Salom.

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G.O.M. - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 10:43 AM

Let's face it, Salom is a very competitive, ambitious RACER! He saw a chance, took it, and this time it didn't quite work out. I would much rather see a rider take a chance for the win, than settle for 4th!
Marc Marquez has pulled a lot of much worse moves with more serious consequences, yet it seems like he's treated by a very different set of rules!!!

loobyloo - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 10:45 AM

Interesting move by Race Direction there...

Salom's racing incident on Folger - grid penalty
Bautista on Lorenzo at Assen - grid penalty

Marquez on Luthi in Qatar - warning
Marquez on Espargaro in Catalunya - warning
Now Marquez on Luthi judged a 'racing incident' by Race direction in practice on Kallio - warning

Seems someone can't get penalized for trying!

Fault for that not with Marquez, it's not up to him to seek the punishment, it's race directions job to treat all riders EQUALLY and punish when appropriate so as to help the racers become better, safer, smarter riders who can pull off great moves with minimum risk.

It applies all round - maybe if someone had warned Cortese more of his conduct earlier in the season (especially his moves on Kent) his initial response yesterday may not have been the same.

Salom's is a great racer so hopefully having to start a little further back will spur him on to some great racing action to get to the front.


October 15, 2012 12:33 PM

I don't see a great deal of difference between Salom's manouevre and Cortese's - both were avoidable incidents and while a 5 place drop in Moto3 is not particularly significant, they both should have been treated to the same penalty.

me - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 4:44 PM

I agree that they were both avoidable but do see an important difference.

Salom made a lunge from well back, a move that just wasn't on and would have put him in the gravel alone had Folger not been in his path.
Cortese tried to cut back to regain a position, a move that at least had some chance of success - had Tonucci ran to the kerb rather then running a tighter line to defend against Cortese it might just have worked.

M1M - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 5:30 PM

It seemed to me that Cortese went into the corner always intending to use Tonucci as a berm, regardless. Considering past behaviour, (which does seem to be a factor affecting the officials' decisions), Cortese deserved at least the same penalty as Salom, not just for the incident with Tonucci, but also for his unsportsmanlike conduct after the race, bringing the sport into disrepute. What's more, the way he hotheadedly raced through riders on the slowing down lap risked causing an accident like Marquez's on Wilairot, just because he wanted to catch up with Kent and give him unjustified abuse for having won a race he felt 'entitled' to win.


October 19, 2012 3:36 PM

@M1M I don't think Cortese can have gone into the corner !always intending" to use another rider as a berm. Remember he approached the corner in the lead, so he certainly wasn't planning what happened.

I think what happened was that Tonucci went in too hot and held him up (pretty clear) then Cortese gave it serious beans in anger at being passed and trying to catch up with Kent. That's where it all went wrong for him, he didn't try to use Tanucci as a berm, they did touch but look at the relative speed - he was going way faster than Tonucci or Kent at that point, IOW way too fast for the corner and he lowsided as a direct result.

It was an idiotic thing to do, but even had Tonucci not been there Corese would have been on his ****. Then end result of this idiocy was that Tonucci lost one place or if you like four potential points.

What Salom did OTOH cost Folger 25 potential points. Therein lies the reason for the difference in treatment. There is no doubt that Salom's rash action


October 19, 2012 3:41 PM

@loobyloo interesting that you think Marquez was not punished at least partly because he's Spanish. Remind me again of Salom's nationality?

Some have suggested that Cortese should be penalized, but he wasn't. What have Cortese and Marquez got in common? They're both championship leader. Maybe that's got a lot to do with it.

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