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'Race Direction has decided that the behaviour of the track marshals was safe and appropriate...'
MotoGP Race Direction has given the following verdict after investigating the behaviour of marshals attending the accident involving Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner at the previous Jerez round.

The investigation was triggered by accusations of favouritism by the marshals, as they attempted to help Rossi and Stoner re-join the race.

Rossi, whose Ducati engine remained running, was able to rejoin and finish fifth. Stoner was unable to restart the engine on his factory Honda and so forced to retire.

The Australian insists his 'undamaged' bike could have been restarted had he received greater assistance from the marshals. Stoner believes most of the marshals were only concerned with helping Rossi.

Other riders also complained that the Jerez marshals were slow to help them rejoin.

Whilst finding no official fault with the marshals, Race Direction appeared to acknowledge that there was room for improvement.

The full statement from Race Direction is as follows:

“After reviewing various videos of the incident between Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner during the race of the Grand Prix of Spain on 3 April 2011 and hearing the explanation from Juan Alvarez, Director of the Circuito de Jerez, the Race Direction has decided that the behaviour of the track marshals was safe and appropriate.

“The Race Direction recommends the current rules be reviewed by the Grand Prix Commission in order to study possible solutions that may results in better procedures.”



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st ninians - Unregistered

April 29, 2011 5:11 PM

The marshalls first call is for the safety of the riders,Rossi was under his machine and they helped him first,the fact that Rossi had kept his bike running was imho why he was sent on his way to clear any danger,as for Stoner his bike was not running and as everyone should know to get one of these bikes giong by pushing would have put not only him but the marshalls in danger. Criticising marshalls who do a dangerous job at the best of times is wrong,they made a decision and acted upon it,they give their time freely and acted in the interest of all concerned. Stop moaning Stoner and grow up,it was a racing incident and why was he allowed to stand trackside making snide moves putting himself in even more danger is beyond me.

race fan - Unregistered

April 29, 2011 6:21 PM

What I don't understand is why people are ignoring the fact that Stoner did in fact receive plenty of help and there was absolutely no favouritism. There was another camera angle that someone posted and it clearly showed stoner getting pushed by 5-6 marshalls right onto the track, they stayed with him for 10 secs or so afterwards. Then as Stoner is going down the active TRACK they dropped off, with one guy continuing for a good 50metres. Rossi got a lift up and was gone, what the hell are they supposed to do. Stoner got 10X more help than Rossi, he just can't help himself and is unable to handle situations without pointing the finger. He's blindingly fast but man is he difficult to like.



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