Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo
taunted the decision to hand a single penalty point to Marc Marquez for contact with Dani Pedrosa
Pedrosa highsided after rookie team-mate and title leader Marquez brushed the rear of his Honda, severing a wheel sensor cable and disabling Pedrosa's traction control.
Lorenzo had been on the receiving end of heavier contact with Marquez, but did not fall, at the final turn of round three in Jerez. No action was taken on that occasion, although Marquez later received two penalty points for a yellow flag infringement at Silverstone.
Two further penalty points for the Pedrosa incident would have meant a back of the grid start at Sepang. However the single point - alongside the removal of Aragon constructers' points for Honda - means Marquez has effectively been handed a final warning.
“I think it was too much. It was unnecessary,” said a straight-faced Lorenzo of the penalty point, raising eyebrows in the Sepang pre-event press conference.
But when quizzed further, Lorenzo's true feelings began to emerge.
“For me it was unfair or too much because Marc made some mistakes in Moto2. He has some little problems with Wilairot and with some other riders, as in MotoGP when braking. But just inexperience no?
“For me one point on the licence is unfair. For me the right thing is to put one point more in the championship, because like this the other riders in Moto3 and Moto2 can take example from this riding style and they can do the same.
“We can have a better show in our sport because the safety of the riders doesn't matter so much, the important thing is the spectators enjoy the show.
“The Jerez action was a great show, looking at the marshals [scattering] like chickens in Silverstone [to avoid Marquez's bike] was a great show. In Laguna Seca he overtook Valentino outside of the track, it was a great show. So they should provide an incentive for these types of actions.”