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Valencia MotoGP Test: Honda postpones Sepang data - again

"This time it is not our choice, it is FIM and Dorna"
Having postponed the release of the Sepang data from Marc Marquez's bike, to avoid any suggestion of trying to influence Valentino Rossi's CAS appeal, HRC again withheld the telemetry on Wednesday.

Rossi's request to have his Sepang penalty points, and therefore back of the grid Valencia start, suspended was rejected by the CAS last Thursday. The appeal itself is ongoing, but is widely seen as irrelevant now that the title has been won by Jorge Lorenzo.

The purpose of the HRC data release is to back up claims by Marquez and Honda that the Spaniard fell due to a kick from Rossi in their heated Sepang battle.

This was denied by Rossi and not proven by Race Direction, which said TV images were inconclusive and only punished the Italian for deliberately forcing Marquez wide “resulting in contact causing the other rider to crash”.

The kick claim was repeated in a HRC written Q&A with vice president Shuhei Nakamoto, prompting an angry response from Yamaha, whose press officers attended today's Honda press conference.

“I'm sorry, also this time we don't make you happy,” said HRC team principal Livio Suppo. “This time it is not our choice [not to show the data], it is FIM and Dorna asking us to not put more fuel on the fire. We respect their ruling in this sport and so we accept their request.

“As we have said, sooner or later we would like to show this data. We said when we think it is appropriate. Since last time we spoke something even more happened [between Rossi and Marquez], which is very sad for us because I personally cannot believe how people do not believe that Marc was desperately trying to win that race.”

Marquez was the target of a further verbal attack from Rossi - for the third event in succession - after finishing a close second to Lorenzo in Sunday's race.

The Italian, who needed both Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa to pass Lorenzo in order to be champion, declared that #93 had been unwilling to overtake because he “wanted to finish his work and protect Lorenzo in the last race.”

“Marc is a clever guy and he knows very well that if he is not in front of Jorge on Sunday then everybody will speak these stupid things. But this is the situation, we respect the FIM and Dorna, so sorry you will have to wait more for the data.”

Meanwhile, Suppo and Nakamoto wouldn't be drawn on increasing rumours about Casey Stoner becoming a Ducati test rider: "Ask Casey."

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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November 11, 2015 3:38 PM

Really? Can it be that FIM and Dorna don't want the data revealed because it's all BS? How quaint, "we have irrefutable data to prove Rossi's lies about not kicking Marc, but you know what? we're too gentleman to reveal it!" :)


November 11, 2015 3:33 PM

Something doesn't seem right here! If Honda had proof that Marquez was definitely kicked then surely it would be released to calm this volatile situation down and clear names! The longer it stays under wraps the more speculation it throws on to Marquez lying!

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