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Malaysian MotoGP: Marquez relaxed ahead of Race Direction hearing

"There is not much we can do, we need to wait and see what they say" - Marc Marquez.
Rookie MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez does not appear troubled by the forthcoming hearing with Race Direction.

The Repsol Honda star and team-mate Dani Pedrosa will meet with Race Direction on Thursday at this weekend's Sepang round to discuss the Aragon incident.

Marquez brushed the rear of Pedrosa's RCV while battling over second place early in the race - damaging a wheel sensor cable on Pedrosa's machine, which disabled his traction control and caused Pedrosa to highside on the exit of the turn.

The contact itself was nothing to speak of, a minor racing incident dramatically magnified by the lack of cable protection or a back-up sensor, but the fact that the actions of one rider ultimately led to a big accident for another meant Race Direction felt obliged to investigate.

“I know there is a hearing set for Thursday with Race Direction to discuss the incident with Dani in Aragón, there is not much we can do, we need to wait and see what they say,” commented Marquez.

Marquez previously received two Penalty Points for a warm-up incident at Silverstone. Two more would mean a back of the grid start. On the other hand, the hearing could place the emphasis on machine safety and result in new regulations regarding cable protection and the behavior of malfunctioning traction control systems.

Despite running wide in the incident, Marquez went on to win the Aragon race and is now 39 points ahead of Yamaha's reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, with Pedrosa's title hopes all but over after dropping 59 points behind.

Regardless of the hearing outcome, unlike at many circuits this year Marquez has substantial MotoGP experience at Sepang, having tested at the Malaysian venue three times during the winter.

"Now we head to Malaysia for the first of the fly away races and I'm ready to get there!” he said. “Sepang is a circuit I like, it's the first track we were really able to test the Honda bike at so it will be nice to go back there and regain the feeling, and to see what we have learned over the season!”

The unlucky Pedrosa may have avoided serious injury in the Aragon incident, but was still left battered and bruised by the big highside.




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herewego

October 08, 2013 12:38 PM

If he is penalised it will open up a really massive can of worms!! Where will it end? How will they monitor contact? This has been blown up out of all proportion if you ask me because of the 2 riders involved. If this had been any others, then all this carry on just wouldn't have happened. Did anyone watch B.S.B. on Sunday ?? That is what you call racing, not the pathetic excuse for it that MotoGP is becoming!

Conrice

October 08, 2013 3:02 PM

God this is so stupid. No penalty. The article even says that the initial brush was nothing to talk about. So STOP TALKING ABOUT IT and get to racing! Honda's placement of the TC wire is what caused the crash, not Marc. Dani is unlucky, but he walked away from that crash unharmed minus some bruises. Let it go. No drama inducing penalties. That is retarded. This isn't a reality tv show for women. It's racing.



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