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Officials Investigate Marquez/Pedrosa Incident

Monday, September 30, 2013
Race Direction will investigate the Aragon MotoGP crash involving Repsol Honda teammates Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez. The incident saw Marquez make slight contact with Pedrosa midcorner, with Pedrosa then crashing on corner exit. Officials will go over technical information provided by the Honda team, promising a meeting next Thursday at Sepang prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The faint contact cut a critical wire in Pedrosa’s traction control system, causing the Spaniard to lose control when gassing out of the corner. For his part, the 20-year-old Marquez ran wide and into the gravel, but managed to recover en route to his sixth victory of the season and a 39-point lead in the points.

Marquez has ran afoul of race direction already in his rookie MotoGP campaign – the points leader docked two championship points at Silverstone for not slowing down for a yellow caution flag during the pre-race warmup. Marquez went on to crash at the same spot competitor Cal Crutchlow went down, forcing race marshals to evade the Honda rider’s bike. Earlier in the season, at Jerez, Marquez also made contact during an aggressive overtaking maneuver on his main contender and reigning MotoGP champion, Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez has a history of reprimands during his seasons in the support class as well, most recently during his title-winning Moto2 campaign. Multiple penalties in the 2012 season included a 1-minute time penalty at the Catalunya round for colliding with Pol Espargaro, which was later successfully appealed. He also was penalized for colliding with Simone Corsi during a practice session for the Valencia finale, which forced him to start from the back of the grid. The latter incident also earned the censure from fellow riders, not the least of which being Valentino Rossi.

The latest incident is a two-fold threat to Honda’s world championship hopes. The crash effectively ends Pedrosa’s title bid, now 59 points adrift of his teammate. Marquez’s 39-point lead over Lorenzo could be threatened by any penalty imposed by Race Direction.

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AM   October 2, 2013 04:22 PM
Yeah right. It they can prove that it is possible at all ( because I cannot see how that would be possible ) and that Marquez did it intentionally. The whole Pedrosa team is intoxicated by Marquez's smoke.
cggunnersmate   October 2, 2013 10:13 AM

FYI, excepting his first season in the premiere class, Simoncelli as on the same equipment as Stoner and Pedrosa in his final season. He was a works rider in all but name.

As far as MM and Pedro, racing incedent. What was relatively minor contact was worsened because the TC cable got cut. Otherwise Pedro would have ridden on and just been passed later. If Dani didn't get sanctioned for torpedoing Hayden in 06, MM shouldn't get anything for this one. Maybe a verbal/written reprimand but he shouldn't get docked any points.

This will make the teams look at their cable routing. Bikes will probably have some type of shield on them next race I'd wager.
spokes   October 1, 2013 06:05 PM
your teammate takes you out! imagine that, shades of 2006...just sayin'

PQO   October 1, 2013 09:15 AM
I saw this film later. But it seems like everybody forgot. I am talking about Simoncelli. If it happens again, what will be your opinion ?
Oliver   October 1, 2013 08:19 AM
That wire is in a location that is way too vulnerable. It goes to show how reliant these riders are now on traction control. Hit the apex, turn the bike, pin the throttle and pray the TC Gods smile upon you.
WilCon   October 1, 2013 03:19 AM
Not even close to Simoncelli. Marquez is on far better equipment and doesn't have to ride over the limit just to keep up. Pedrosa was not on his normal line as expected, Marquez stood it up to run wide and Pedrosa was still there. End of story.
DanPan   September 30, 2013 05:43 PM
He`s the fastest guy out there.....
Honda should rethink the location of that cable. It could of happen from any other rider.
Pedrosa had is chance in the pass to win, and couldn`t get it done.
The rookie is the futur, like it or not.....

Maxx   September 30, 2013 05:05 PM
Same pattern as Super Sic. my .02