Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Sepang clash intensifies

I am a few day late with this news so I am sure we have all heard about Marc Marquez getting into a scuffle with some Italian media at his house! 

The incident at Sepang between Rossi and Marquez is one of the biggest highlights in MotoGP in recent years. It has divided fans straight down the middle whether you think Marquez was in the right and he was not trying to interfere with Valentino's race pace or whether you think Valentino was right and he did not cause Marquez to crash.

I did not expect this to spill as far as Marquez's home though. It is going a bit far and causing someone and their family grief is not acceptable. 

Honda have also released a statement backing Marc Marquez's version of events from the Sepang clash too, and they have proof Rossi caused the crash, well the exact words from Nakamoto were:
"his front brake lever suddenly received an impact that locked the front tyre, which is the reason for his crash. We believe that this pressure was a result of Rossi's kick. The data acquisition from Marc's bike is available if anybody from Dorna, the FIM or media want to check.”
I thought they were only going to talk about facts not assumptions? If this is true why was this information not given to Race Direction? Sounds like he is assuming that is what happened if he cannot prove that Rossi kicked that brake lever. Honda were always going to back up their man just as any team would do in a situation like this just as Yamaha did when they fought back with their own statement:

"We refer to the press release issued by Repsol Media Service on Sunday 25th October 2015, titled “Pedrosa wins and Marquez crashes after unsportsmanlike kick from Rossi”, as well as the press release issued by Honda Racing Corporation on Monday 2nd November, titled “Q&A with Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President”. 

"Yamaha would like to express its disagreement with the words that have been used to report on the incident between riders Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. 

"Both press releases included words that accuse Valentino Rossi of kicking Marc Marquez's bike that is something not proven by the investigation of the Race Direction.
This is turning into a crazy battle! It is normal for both teams to defend their rider's but I hope it stops here and we can finish the season on a high.

All MotoGP rider's and their teams have been summoned to a meeting this Thursday with Carmelo Ezpeleta and FIM President Vito Ippolito so this dressing down and reiteration of the rules will hopefully calm the situation.

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