Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo taunted the decision to hand a single penalty point to Marc Marquez for contact with Dani Pedrosa at Aragon.

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."

Lorenzo, perhaps feeling that his earlier calls for a clampdown on aggressive riding saw him cast as the villain, later added:

"It is what the people like, these fights. They say 'Marc is unbelievable. We don't like riders like Dani, Lorenzo or Stoner that go away [at the front] and don't have a good fight'.

"I could have been damaged in Jerez, Dani could have been damaged in Aragon very badly, and in the past some Moto2 riders. But for the show it is a great option."

Lorenzo has repeatedly claimed that he only changed his own riding behaviour after receiving a one race ban in 250cc. Asked where the line should be drawn when there is contact between two riders, Lorenzo replied:

"Today I'm very motivated to talk about the show... Yes, the show and the contact is together obviously. People like to see contact and this kind of things.

"Not all the people, but a big number of fans. There are some fans that like to see the bikes, the smoothness of some riders, how they brake or how they manage to be constant during the race. But you know a good number of fans, want to see some contact and crashes...

"For the show it is the best option for the future - give more championship points as an incentive to ride like that."

Marquez, sitting alongside Lorenzo, had made only a brief reference to the penalty: "In the end we need to respect that decision and I just want to concentrate on this weekend."

The 20-year-old then smiled as he listened to Lorenzo's comments after which he was asked for his response.

"Great joke!" said Marquez.

Lorenzo countered: "Really I have this opinion. It is not a joke."

When asked whether he will change his approach to racing, given that another penalty point will mean starting at the back of the grid, Marquez declared: "I don't want to create that [kind of situation with Pedrosa]. Anyway, now I am one point [more] but in the end I will be [ride] the same."

Marquez leads Lorenzo by 39 points with four rounds to go, with Pedrosa now 59 points adrift and all but out of title contention.

Pedrosa, nursing a sore throat, refused to get involved: "About today: no comment. I have no comment because it is something between Race Direction and Marc. I am only a side effect of what happened in Aragon."

Lorenzo's team-mate and seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi summed up the incident and punishment as follows: "I think Dani was very, very, very unlucky with what happened in Aragon. What [Race Direction] decided was ok. I agree."

But Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow continues to feel that Marquez should not have been penalised.

"We all know that Marc is hot and that's how he rides the bike but he does a spectacular job of riding so close to someone and not really making a big controversy," said the Englishman. "If you see him at every race when he's behind a rider when he's going to make a mistake or run wide he always goes to the outside. A lot of riders go to the inside and make a massive crash so he's actually doing a better job than a lot of riders in that sense.

"It's not for me to comment on it because I said before that I don't believe he should be punished. This isn't going to make him change one thing because he rides the way that he rides and it's how he wins so I don't think there should be a penalty. I don't think he's doing anything too bad but what's happening is that he's embarrassing everyone by winning and some people are angry about it.

"They should punish all the riders in Moto2 and Moto3 for riding the warm-up lap too slow because it's dangerous. Why don't they do that? Instead of giving someone a penalty for tapping another rider. He never knocked Dani, he knocked a sensor off that knocked Dani off. He didn't go into the side of Dani and I don't think that he should be punished."

However Crutchlow's former and future team-mate Andrea Dovizioso felt Marquez had been 'lucky' with the outcome.

"Dani was very unlucky and Marquez made a small mistake. But for sure I think that we have to consider how many times this has happened with Marquez. It was important to spend the time and speak about that. It's always difficult in this situation to give a penalty. The incident was small but the end result was that Dani crashed and Marquez didn't have any problem.

"The penalty is almost zero that Marc has, so I think that he is lucky to only take this penalty.

"He is not dangerous but he is aggressive and takes more risks than some of the other riders so it is easy to sometimes make a small mistake. When you make a mistake and you don't disturb the other riders it is OK, but when you always take a risk and effect other riders that is a problem."

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