MotoGP » Marquez: I just touched Pedrosa a little bit

Rookie MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez talks Dani Pedrosa incident - Race Direction launches investigation...

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September 29, 2013 7:09 PM

This incident only goes to prove how much riders rely on electronics to save the day.
The problem is,you cant uninvent technology.
The ridiculous amount of power modern bikes put out can only be controlled with electronics.
Its like modern fighter jets.They wont fly without computers!
You can put the most skillful rider in the world on a 250bhp bike.
He will not be able to control it completely without electronic assistance.
The answer is to reduce the power output to a level where a rider is in control.
Not going to happen though in my opinion.


September 29, 2013 7:36 PM

Realfan, the same mistakes, what are they exactly? I don't recall any mistakes this year that involved other riders, unless you are talking about Jerez where no reprimand was given. Unless you know of some others?


September 29, 2013 7:46 PM

The problem is not that he touched Pedrosa's bike but the total damage he caused. Obviously this happens in racing. Personally I don't mind his aggressive be honest I actually like it, BUT if he directly or indirectly seriously screws up someones health or gets a benefit out of it (like he did) they should not let him get away with it.

It does not matter whether he barely touched him or accidentally ran him of track. Damage done damage payed...Basta.

He's got a really crap reputation and this was no "rookie" error. Fact is that he is a World champion Moto-2 racer AND leads the MotoGP. He did not need to take the risk but he decided to brake too late. He was just over the limit and he just got easily rid of his main WC-contender that was in front of him on track who went to the hospital.

I don't care how they do it, but rookie-status does not mean that you can just take a chance "and see if you can get away with it " ESPECIALLY when your name is Marc Marquez...he should


September 29, 2013 7:54 PM

In THIS instance I don't think you can blame MM - it is his attacking style and running on through the apex to get on the outside, giving him the inside at the next corner to block pass that enables him to make passes where there is very little margin to work with (you can thank the electronics for that).

However... he does have form. Just ask Ratapak Willairot - Marquez effectively ended his career, as he never recovered fully from being torpedoed by MM in Moto2, on a cooldown lap!

MM's crash which nearly took out CC and some marshals this year, where he ignored waved yellows and didn't slow down in practice is a more recent demonstration of an arrogant disregard for the safety of others.

Today MM was doing his usual thing and I don't think we can hang this one on him. But he DOES need to be taken in hand before he does another Willairot! Or worse.


September 29, 2013 8:00 PM

"I just touched him, a little bit" So, let us compare this to Rossi punting Gibernau off the track, or Pedrosa crashing out Hayden, so in this context, non-event. Comparisons to Simoncelli (sic?) are not relevant, Marquez is not Simoncelli, nor does he ride like him, other than being aggressive and riding all out. He is a crazy fast, record beating rider, and is really fun to watch, sure he takes chances, ahhh, who that is really good in racing has not? I think it is getting harder to overtake with electronics, etc, so to move ahead, you have to push the envelope some. I think he as been incredibly under control and polite, for a superfast, record setting rookie. There is a reason he is running up other riders exhaust, he is really fast and they are fracking getting in his way. haha Go Marc. Love watching ya.


September 29, 2013 8:14 PM

Anyone who thinks Marc is to blame here is deluded.
The contact between himself and Dani was so small it was practically undetectable to anyone.
If he had smashed into him at speed,,i would say differently.Racing incident.
Move along.


September 29, 2013 8:14 PM

don't worry I'm cool. Try to be likewise objective and separate good from bad.

Sure, everyone that seems to think it is OK what happened like to look back twenty years and look for a similar incident. The same people are fan-blind to the issues he has caused in his career. A little ignorant...

I love his riding style I just love his agressive approach. He at least is a racer like Lorenzo, Rossi and Sic (rip). I just don't think that that is a reason to let him get away with this screw up again like some are saying. I don't see the link.

and I agree Honda's poor design with the little piece of cheap tube might be adequate for their lawnmowers...that is why I ride a real bike.

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