Race Direction has explained its reasoning for giving Marc Marquez a penalty point for his part in the accident that eliminated Dani Pedrosa from the Aragon Grand Prix, declaring he 'has to take more care' when riding with other competitors.

An investigation was called to determine whether Marquez should be penalised for making contact with Pedrosa after overshooting the braking zone at turn 12. Clipping a rear-wheel speed sensor cable that disengaged the traction control, Pedrosa subsequently crashed out of the race, while Marquez went on to claim victory.

A rider that has been embroiled in a number of controversies during his short career, Marquez has come into criticism for aggressive riding at times in his rookie MotoGP season, even if many have agreed his fearless attitude has in turn been pivotal to his hugely successful championship-leading campaign.

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Indeed, though Marquez would go on to escape serious punishment for his part in the incident that resulted in Pedrosa's crash, the decision to give him a penalty point for 'irresponsible riding' - added to the two he received for ignoring yellow flags during warm-up for the British Grand Prix - has been handed down in an effort to 'send a message' that he needs to increase his margin for error.

"For Marc Marquez, we have added one penalty point to his total for the 2013 season due to irresponsible riding," race director Mike Webb stressed in an interview on the official MotoGP website. "I want to stress that this is Race Direction sending out messages about the standard of riding and the care our riders take when they are riding close to others.

"We are sending a message to Marc, very clearly, that we understand that he is an extremely talented rider but he is also intelligent enough to understand that there has to be some margin for error - especially, as we have seen a number of times this year, under braking when the rider behind has the responsibility of not getting too close to the rider in front who is riding his own lines.

"Finally, we have had an incident in which Marc has been very close to another rider - close enough to make contact - when coming from behind under braking. For us, that is a signal (even though the contact itself was quite minor) to make a formal warning by way of a penalty point to Marc to say he has to take more care."

Though Marquez's accumulation of three penalty points does not directly lead to a punishment of any kind, he is now just one penalty point away from being given a back-of-the-grid penalty. Should he acquire seven penalty points he will be forced to start a grand prix from the pit lane, while ten penalty points will see him disqualified from the next grand prix altogether.