MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez claims to have been left ‘surprised’ that Race Direction is looking further into the incident between himself and Dani Pedrosa from Sunday’s Aragón Grand Prix, but the 20-year-old is not expecting to be penalised.
When running behind Pedrosa on the sixth lap of the race at MotorLand Aragón, Marquez out-braked himself and made passing contact with the Repsol Honda Team bike in front of him, thus slicing through a sensor cable on the back of Pedrosa’s machine which left the latter without traction control and therefore crashing out of the race just moments later.
Race Direction later confirmed that an enquiry would be staged next Thursday, ahead of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, to ‘technically analyse’ the moment.
“If I were in that same situation again, I would go for the safest line possible,” Marquez comments. “Presumably, if I had not cut that traction control cable, nobody would have said anything.”
Furthermore, Marquez – who went on to win from reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) – does not forecast any sort of punishment. He does, however, reveal that Repsol Honda heads have ‘spoken, not about the incident, but about how to change the location of that cable because that could also have happened to me’.
“I’m hearing a lot of comments and reviews, but I feel I have plenty of support,” the rookie begins to sum up. “(Race Direction) will hear what everybody has to say, check everything and then act accordingly, but I have one thing clear: I know my goal, which is to win the MotoGP™ world title.”
With four races remaining, Marquez leads Lorenzo by 39 points.