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Mixed MotoGP opinions folloing Marquez clash

The initial penalty, which briefly gave Esteve Rabat a podium finish, was for 'infringement to article 1.21.2', which states: "Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors or participants."

Marquez himself said of the incident:

“With laps three to go I made a small mistake and that brought me into contact with Pol Espargaro. I'm sorry for him and I apologise for it happening - I hope that he isn't hurt, because I didn't even know that he had crashed until the end. I noticed that we touched, but I didn't see him because we have no mirrors and I can't see what is going on behind me".

Marquez remains second in the championship, now led by Thomas Luthi, with Espargaro dropping from first to third due to his DNF. Espargaro escaped injury in the incident.

Marquez is expected to move up to MotoGP next season.




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justforfun - Unregistered

June 04, 2012 9:37 AM

I totally agree with Pedrosa. Marquez could have looked further to the left to see if anyone was there when he left the door open. When Pedrosa ran wide you could clearly see that Pedrosa looked further to his left to see if Jorge was there and moved away to avoid any collision. Pedrosa is a clean and safe rider...Go Dani! Marquez is just a young aggressive rider, but will learn.

Fergs - Unregistered

June 04, 2012 10:12 AM

If you run wide or off the circuit -you have made a mistake -- why didn't Marquez glance behind him before chopping Espargaro off? his pit board would have told him he had no gap on the following rider. His will to win is going to get someone hurt or killed, he needs to be spoken to -- Riders will put up with a lot, but one day one will have had enough and take him down. His talent cannot be denied - Also being Spanish, he gets the preferential treatment anyway. They way he "chops" in front of other riders as he passes them is dangerous, and is an accident waiting to happen --- Reign him in before he kiss someone.



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