Catalunya MotoGP podium finishers Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso have given their views on the controversial Moto2 incident involving Marc Marquez.
Marquez and Espargaro clashed on lap 21 of 23 as Marquez cut back across to the racing line after a near fall from his Suter at turn ten. Espargaro, who had been leading the championship, fell following the contact (pictured).
Marquez said that he hadn't seen Espargaro coming by on the inside. A one-minute post-race penalty was initially imposed on Marquez by Race Direction, but then cancelled by the FIM Stewards.
The MotoGP podium finishers all had slightly differing opinions.
Race winner Lorenzo commented: “In Qatar [when Marquez made contact with Luthi on the last lap] I said that for me Marquez was at fault, but this time it was a little risky for Pol to overtake there. Because Marquez was in front and Pol knew he was going to close the line, so maybe a little risky for Pol. He saw the opportunity and wanted to pass him, but maybe it was not the right moment.”
Runner-up Pedrosa felt that Marquez should have been aware that another rider could move into the space he had left by running wide.
“I really don't know who was at fault because, for example, when Jorge passed me [at that turn] it was a little different, but almost the same,” said Pedrosa. “I ran a little wide. I knew I left the door open. I didn't know if he was there, but I couldn't come back like no-one was there just in case.
“Maybe, yes, Pol was a little behind at that moment, but also Marquez has to be aware that if you leave the door open someone can get in. So it is difficult to say.”
Dovizioso, who took his first finish for Tech 3 Yamaha on Sunday, believes it would simply have been hard for either rider to see the other.
“For me it was 50-50,” declared the Italian. “Marquez was in front so he couldn't see Pol. He only saw him just before they touched. With a helmet it is very difficult to see out the side. Also for Espargaro it was the same, because he was leaning over on the inside of his bike, so with his bike [in the way] he couldn't see exactly where Marquez was. It is bad to see this kind of crash, but I don't think there is a fault.”