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POLL: Simoncelli, Pedrosa clash

Do you agree with the ride-through penalty given to Marco Simoncelli at Le Mans?
Marco Simoncelli saw his hopes of a debut MotoGP rostrum end in disappointment and controversy at Le Mans on Sunday.

Simoncelli received a ride-through penalty after clashing with fellow Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, as the pair battled for second position on lap 18 of 28.

Pedrosa looked to have re-passed Simoncelli as he took the inside line into the Esses at the end of the back straight, but the Italian wasn't giving up and tried to swoop around the outside of the Spaniard.

But Pedrosa, on the tighter line, couldn't turn as sharply and hit the side of Simoncelli's Gresini Honda as it moved across in front of him.

Pedrosa broke his right collarbone in the crash, while Simoncelli continued, before being served with a ride-through penalty by Race Direction - dropping him from second to fifth at the finish.

But was Simoncelli, frequently criticised by some fellow riders for aggressive riding, treated fairly by Race Direction?

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Tell it like it is - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 3:58 PM

Was the penalty fair? NO! Looked like Danni was losing control of his Honda anyway to me, Simmo was taking a better line and they had the coming together unfortunately. Should have let simmo finish then sorted things out in an inquiry afterwards then dish out a penalty if required! Really great race though. Well done Rossi for beating Lorenzo fair and square regardless of what went on ahead of them, the podium was a nice gifted bonus.

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