While the MotoGP seats - at least, the MotoGP seats on factory prototypes, or as we must now call them, factory option bikes - were filled quickly after the summer break, and the former CRT seats set to follow suit over the next two rounds, there has been little movement in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes so far. This is hardly surprising: negotiations for Moto2 and (especially) Moto3 seats tend to start at the end of the season rather than the middle, with some Moto2 seats dependent on who moves up to MotoGP. Yet after Silverstone and ahead of Misano, the first big moves started to be made.
The early news was the signing of Tito Rabat with the Marc VDS Racing team, taking the place of Scott Redding who departs for MotoGP. With both Rabat and Pol Espargaro leaving - the younger of the Espargaro brothers had been signed by Yamaha for the Tech 3 team in MotoGP earlier in the year - Sito Pons' Moto2 team, Tuenti HP 40 Pons was left with only Sito's son Axel Pons left on the payroll for 2014. At Silverstone, Pons penned a deal with current Moto3 championship leader Luis Salom for the next two seasons, and shortly afterwards, he also signed up Maverick Viñales, also for 2014 and 2015. The two Spaniards will contest Moto2 on board the Kalex Moto2 machines left behind by Rabat and Espargaro.
Having two such intense rivals, both of whom will be demanding the number one status inside the team, could cause some friction for Pons. However, as history shows, having two top riders in the same team pushing each other can pay off richly for the team, though it may be tougher on the riders. The pairings of Marc Marquez (and before him, Casey Stoner) with Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo with Valentino Rossi appear to be a case in point. Keeping the peace will be hard, though, especially with two riders who are known for being extremely hotheaded. Luis Salom has finally blossomed at the Red Bull Ajo team, where he is under the tutelage of the cool Fin Aki Ajo, who has made a knack of bringing on young talent.
Moving to Moto2 is not the only change for Maverick Viñales. Shortly after he announced his deal with Pons, he also announced he had split from his manager Ricard Jove. Jove was the man whom Viñales had clashed with at the end of 2012, flying home from Sepang without competing after a dispute with Jove, in his capacity of both personal manager and team manager of the Blusens Avintia team. Jove himself has also split from the Blusens Avintia team, as part of the fall out from the departure of Toni Elias for the World Superbike series.
Viñales and Salom may not be the only Moto3 men to make the move up. Despite his youth, Alex Rins is also considering a move, though any such move is conditional on first winning the Moto3 title. As the talented youngster currently trails Salom by 33 points, and Viñales by 7, he has his work cut out to achieve that goal.
Among the men who remain in Moto2, Takaaki Nakagami could be set to switch teams. Rumors surround a possible switch to the Japanese Idemitsu Honda squad run by Tady Okada, who have just ditched their current rider Yuki Takahashi. For Nakagami to join the team, Idemitsu would also have to change machines, dropping the Moriwaki in favor of the Kalex, the bike Nakagami has been so successful on in Moto2 this year. This could be part of a long term strategy to move up to MotoGP, as talks about moving the team up to MotoGP with Nakagami on board a Honda production racer got a long way before failing.
At Aspar, Nico Terol looks set to stay, while Jordi Torres has been confirmed for next year. Tom Luthi looks likely to remain with the Interwetten squad, while Domi Aegerter will be back with the Technomag CarXPert squad.
With Salom moving up to Moto2, the prime spot at the Red Bull Ajo team is open in Moto3. That place will be taken by Jack Miller, the young Australian having been deeply impressive on the FTR Honda with Racing Team Germany, but Miller, like all of the Honda riders, has made it clear it is impossible to compete on the underpowered NSF250R powerplant. The move to the Ajo team will see him on a factory-backed KTM, giving him the shot at the title he believes he deserves.
With Zulfahmi Khairuddin likely to stay at the team, that puts fellow Australian Arthur Sissis in a precarious position. Sissis has had a disappointing season in Moto3, and if his results do not improve, he is likely to lose his seat. The prime candidate to take his seat would be Red Bull Rookie leader Karel Hanika, the young Czech rider having been deeply impressive this year. However, the fear is that former Rookies have found it sometimes hard to adapt to Moto3, where much more emphasis is placed on working on bike set up, and so the route from the Rookies Cup to Moto3 is not as easy as it looks. Speaking at Brno, Hanika told MotoMatters.com that the only offers he had had at that point had involved him bringing money to a team, believed to be in the order of 300,000 euros.
Jack Miller would not be the only rider to ditch a Honda, but with KTM already supplying 14 bikes on the Moto3 grid, other teams are looking elsewhere. Gresini is said to be looking at a switch to a Kalex KTM, while Mahindra could expand to as many as 8 bikes. The Ambrogio Racing team of Brad Binder and Luca Amato will be switching to Mahindra from the upcoming Misano race, but according to Speedweek.de, CIP Honda and Team Italia could also make the change to Mahindra. The Mahindra has already proven to be competitive, as the only bike capable of getting close to the front-running KTMs of the championship leaders, and it raises the profile of the Indian engineering giant, exactly as planned when the team first entered the series.
There are still plenty of seats open for next year in both GP support classes. The silly season in Moto2 and Moto3 is likely to continue until after the current season has finished, and possibly well into 2014. It will take some time to sort itself out.
The 2013 Moto2 rider line up is proving to be rather fluid. The latest in a series of changes to the line up is the departure of Toni Elias from the Blusens Avintia Moto2 team, after a season of disappointing results: the 2010 Moto2 champion's best finish this year was a 9th place at Jerez.
Elias is part of a chain reaction encompassing three different paddocks, and stretching into 2014. The catalyst was Michel Fabrizio, who is leaving his Red Devils Roma team in World Superbikes with immediate effect. Fabrizio has had a positively mediocre season so far, his only podium coming at the season opener at Phillip Island, a great disappointment as the Italian started as an outsider for the title. After financial disagreements with the team, which arose at the Silverstone round of World Superbikes, according to GPOne.com, Fabrizio and the team decided to part ways before the season was over, rather than at the end.
Elias will now replace Fabrizio at the Red Devils Roma team for the final four rounds of the year, at Istanbul, Laguna Seca, Magny-Cours and Jerez, with an option to continue in 2014, should his debut be a success, according to Spanish website Motocuatro.com. How successful Elias will be remains to be seen. The Spaniard has had a miserable time in both MotoGP and Moto2 since winning the inaugural Moto2 championship in 2010, never appearing on the podium since his championship year. Paddock consensus is that Elias' peculiar riding style requires a special rear tire to succeed, something which he has not had since the introduction of the spec tire in MotoGP in 2009. Elias seized the opportunity offered in the first year of Moto2 to take advantage of his racecraft and experience to win the title. With each new season the Moto2 bikes improved, and Elias slipped down the field. Elias tested a World Superbike BMW at Misano in 2011, but his times then were a long way off the front. Given more time on the bike, he should be able to make some progress.
The man Elias is replacing already has a temporary ride. Michel Fabrizio is said to be replacing Johnny Rea at Pata Honda, after the Ulsterman broke his left femur at Nurburgring. Rea crashed on a patch of oil left by Federico Sandi's Pedercini Kawasaki, an incident which should have caused Race Direction to red flag the race. Rea is likely to be out until the end of the season, offering Fabrizio the opportunity to ride the last four races on the Pata Honda. Fabrizio will hope to reestablish his WSBK credentials, in the hope of securing a better ride in 2014. Most of the good WSBK rides for next season are already locked up, but with the names of Johnny Rea and Eugene Laverty doing the rounds in the MotoGP paddock, there could be seats available.
Elias' Moto2 seat with the Blusens Avintia team is to be taken by the Argentinian rider Ezequiel Iturrioz, currently racing with the MR Griful team in the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship. Iturrioz is currently 13th in the Spanish championship, his best result an eighth place in Aragon.
Below is the (Spanish) press release from the Blusens Avintia team announcing the split with Elias. Non-Spanish speakers use Google Translate to get the general gist of the press release:
El equipo Blusens Avintia y Toni Elías deciden de mutuo acuerdo no finalizar juntos la temporada de Moto2
Barcelona/Madrid, 9-09-2013. El equipo Blusens Avintia y el primer campeón del Mundo de Moto2, Toni Elías, no finalizarán juntos la temporada 2013.
Ambos unieron sus esfuerzos e ilusiones en un proyecto que les debía llevar a conseguir los resultados que por calidad y profesionalidad les corresponden. Sin embargo, no siempre los acontecimientos suceden como se espera y pese a la dedicación, buena sintonía y unión existente entre el equipo y el propio Toni, no se estaban consiguiendo los objetivos comunes.
No es ningún secreto que los resultados alcanzados hasta el momento no eran del agrado de nadie, pese a que el equipo ha proporcionado todos los medios necesarios y Elías ha dado el máximo sobre la pista.
Toni ya había puesto su mirada en el mundial de Superbikes para la próxima temporada, pero una repentina oferta de un equipo al piloto manresano para finalizar este año en dicho campeonato, ha acelerado el proceso.
Elías agradece el esfuerzo y dedicación que el equipo ha demostrado esta temporada y, especialmente, las facilidades que se le han dado para poder acceder a la propuesta de Superbike.
Por su parte, el equipo Blusens Avintia se siente satisfecho de haber compartido esta temporada con un piloto de la categoría de Toni Elías y agradece al campeón del mundo su profesionalidad y afán de superación.
El argentino Ezequiel Iturrioz, piloto del CEV de Moto2, sustituirá a Elías hasta el final de la temporada.
Todos los componentes del equipo Blusens Avintia desean lo mejor a Toni Elías en su nueva andadura.
Though Ducati have told Nicky Hayden that there is no room for him in their factory MotoGP team, it is no secret that they would like to keep him within the Ducati family. The American retains a huge following in his native country (according to Google Trends, he is the second most searched MotoGP rider, after Valentino Rossi, though Marc Marquez is hot on his heels) and is a favorite with sponsors thanks to his willingness to help the people who help pay his salary. Hayden has been a great ambassador for Ducati in the US during his four and a half year tenure at the Italian factory.
So Ducati are doing all they can to persuade Hayden to move to World Superbikes, and take on the challenge of racing the 1199 Panigale R. To that end, Hayden rode the World Superbike-spec version of the bike at Mugello last week, to assess what he was getting into before making a decision. Hayden was fast: according to reliable reports from the UK site Bikesportnews.com, Hayden was quickly under the unofficial WSBK lap record at the track, posting a time of 1'51.2, faster than Troy Bayliss went at the iconic Italian circuit when he rode the Panigale there earlier this year, according to Superbikeplanet.com.
Though Hayden was immediately fast, his biggest shock was adapting to the soft and squishy Pirelli WSBK tires. According to Bikesportnews.com, Hayden's initial reaction when coming back into the pits for the first time was to jump off and squeeze the front tire, to see if it was really as soft as it felt. His test was brought to a premature end when he suffered a relatively minor crash. Reports say that the bike was damaged too badly to be repaired at the track. That phrase is usually something of a euphemism: in this case, it means the bike caught fire and burned itself to a crisp.
Hayden is known to be seriously considering the option to remain with Ducati in WSBK, but he is wary of the task he faces there. On the one hand, Hayden told reporters before the summer break, the notion of trying to become the first rider to win both the MotoGP and World Superbike championships was very appealing. On the other hand, his main objective was to be on as competitive a bike as possible. Hayden was cautious of taking on the Panigale, saying that at this stage in career, trying to develop a bike into a winning machine was not the challenge he was after.
Given Hayden's speed on the Panigale, a switch to WSBK could well be one of his best options, as well as his most lucrative. Attempts by American Honda to put the 2006 World Champion on a production racer at LCR Honda have stalled, as so far only half the budget has been found. At Silverstone, rumors emerged that CAME, the Italian manufacturer of security gates and other equipment, were considering backing Hayden at LCR, but recent reports on Infomotogp.com suggest that CAME are also giving serious consideration to remaining with the IODA Racing team. Remaining with IODA is an attractive option, as the team has scored excellent results with Johann Zarco in Moto2, and with Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding moving up to MotoGP next year, Zarco will be one of the favorites for the title next year.
Hayden is also one of the riders tipped to take one of the two FTR-outfitted Yamaha M1s being leased to the NGM Forward team, which will be using the Dorna software for 2014. While having a Yamaha M1 (or most of one, the lease package includes the engines, swingarm and chassis, with fuel tank and bodywork being built by FTR) underneath him could be Hayden's best chance of being competitive, the question of how good the bike will be with the spec software is still an unknown. The difference in performance levels between the spec software and Yamaha's proprietary software is likely to be significant, which will have an impact on how good the bike will be.
Hayden is also believed to be on the radar of Aprilia, who will be supplying a totally revamped version of the ART bike to Aspar next year. Again, Hayden's combination of competitiveness and marketability is the driving force behind Aprilia's interest: Hayden would be used to market not just Aprilia, but the entire range of Piaggio brands in the US, including Moto Guzzi. The bike itself is expected to be a major improvement, with a new engine, pneumatic valves, a new chassis and perhaps even a seamless gearbox.
The NGM Forward team have told reporters they expect to make an announcement this week. Hayden, on the other hand, told reporters at Silverstone that he did not expect to be making a decision in the short term, though he did say he expected it to be announced before the flyaway races in October.
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Having a test rider who can put in a competitive lap time is important to factories when they are developing their bikes. Having a world champion who can match the pace of the fastest men on the planet is sheer luxury. Two factories find themselves in this situation, with vastly different purposes and outcome. Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner are testing radically different bikes on nearly opposite sides of the planet, to help their respective (former) employers.
Nicky Hayden has been testing Ducati's Panigale 1199R World Superbike machine at Mugello on Wednesday, the American both providing development input on the troublesome machine, as well as using it as an opportunity to test the WSBK waters and decide whether he wishes to switch from MotoGP. Ducati are keen to retain the services of the American, and are reported to have offered him a very generous offer to race the Panigale in World Superbikes with the Alstare Ducati team. Ducati need a rider who is fast, diligent and can put in the effort to help move the Panigale project forward.
Hayden is undecided on the offer, however. His main motivation, he keeps telling reporters whenever he's asked about his future (which is every day at the moment), is to have as competitive a package as possible. On the basis of the results achieved by Ayrton Badovini and Carlos Checa, the Ducati Panigale is not such a package, prompting Carlos Checa to seek another world championship elsewhere, with rumors linking the Spaniard to a ride at Kawasaki alongside Tom Sykes. Hayden is very much in demand at the moment: American Honda are keen to put the Kentucky Kid on a production Honda at LCR Honda, but so far, they have not managed to raise the full budget necessary. Hayden has also been talking to Forward Racing to take one of the Yamaha M1 non-MSMA entries for 2014, which should be a competitive package from the start. And Aprilia are known to be very keen to secure the services of the American, as they believe he would be a powerful marketing tool for the entire Piaggio group. He has been offered a seat on the ART machine in the Aspar squad, possible replacing Randy de Puniet, though if Aleix Espargaro leaves for Forward, then De Puniet could retain his seat.
Meanwhile in Japan, Casey Stoner is testing the production Honda. Or at least he would be, if it weren't raining at the Japanse circuit. Stoner has a two-day test scheduled to continue work on the 2014 RC213V and put the production racer through its paces. Rain on the first day has seen Stoner sitting in the pits waiting for the weather to clear, as there is nothing to be learned about the state of development of a motorcycle by taking it out in the rain. A dry track, and someone who can take the bike to the limits is what is needed. Stoner has been contracted to test the bikes for Honda for 2013, with HRC keen to continue the collaboration in 2014 as well, as having a test rider who can push the bike so far that it runs into the same problems it would encounter in a racing situation is invaluable. In the early part of 2012, when both Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner were struggling with chatter, neither of Honda's test riders could replicate the problem. They were, quite simply, too slow.
Though Stoner's return to testing is likely to once again kick off more speculation about a wild card appearance later this year, or even a return to racing in 2014, reports from Stoner's inner circle reject any idea of him coming back to racing. Though reliable reports from Spain suggest that Carmelo Ezpeleta rejected an application by HRC for Stoner to wild card at Phillip Island this year, there is no one in Stoner's circle who believes he ever seriously entertained racing as a wild card. If anything Stoner looks more likely to do even less racing next year: the Australian is currently racing in the Dunlop Series, the support series to the Australian V8 Supercars, but the media commitments for Stoner in that series are just as onerous as they are in MotoGP, and he gets even less track time, as racing is cut short in the Dunlop series to ensure the V8 Supercar TV schedule remains intact. Stoner has suggested a couple of times that he might take a year of from racing entirely, and see where his interests lie after that. A role as a test rider for Honda is ideal in that regard: he gets to ride the best motorcycle in the world around a race track at very great speed, with no media or other commitments, and can come and go as he pleases. It is all the parts which he loves, without all the parts he hates. The only thing missing is competition. Whether he can live without that, or find that in other areas of his life remains to be seen.
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Ambrogio Racing has become the first of what is likely to become a torrent of defections from Honda in the Moto3 class at the end of this year. The Italian team of Brad Binder and Luca Amato - Danny Webb was forced to leave the team over a lack of sponsorship - will be switching from the Suter Honda to a Mahindra from the next round of Moto3 at Misano.
The reasons for the switch are simple. The Honda NSF250R engine simply does not produce sufficient power to be able to rival the KTMs. At every circuit on the calendar so far, the KTMs have simply powered away from the the Hondas, with only some excellent riding by youngsters such as Jack Miller and Alexis Masbou keeping the KTMs in sight, using the stronger handling of the FTR chassis. Binder and Webb have also had good results with the Suter Honda, though again, they have been beaten on sheer horsepower by the KTMs.
The switch from the Suter Honda to the Mahindra is not as large as it seems. The Mahindra MGP30 is being built by Suter in a collaboration between the Swiss firm and the Indian engineering giant, with a large number of Indian engineers working on the engine and chassis at the Suter factory. The chassis is very similar to the Suter Honda chassis, and the engine bears some resemblance too, though the Mahindra power plant produces much more power than the NSF250R.
Current Honda teams are likely to abandon the Japanese engine in droves at the end of this season, switching instead to the KTM or Mahindra. Unless Honda decide to build a completely new engine, it will be even more difficult to compete with the KTM in 2014. Rumors persist in the paddock that Honda is considering building a new engine to take on the KTMs, but that idea has split HRC into two camps. One side believes that Honda should either follow in the spirit of the Moto3 rules or pull out, the other camp believes that Honda should build an engine capable of slaying the KTMs, and only then consider pulling out.
The dispute centers around the concept of Moto3. The series was meant as a cheaper form of racing, with engines to be sold at a maximum price of 12,000 euros each. Honda designed and built their bike around that idea, with chassis builders such as FTR, Suter and TSR leaping at the chance to put an affordable engine in one of their chassis. KTM, however, looked at the letter of the rules and found a way around it, selling the engines at 12,000 euros, but only making them available as part of a complete bike and engine package. That package is several hundred thousand euros, but as the spare engines are sold to KTM teams at the price stated in the FIM rules, they are entirely within their rights to do so.
HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto has publicly vented his displeasure at the situation many times in the past, the latest broadside coming in an interview with German language website Speedweek. Nakamoto accused KTM of 'wanting to destroy motor sports' by demanding prices which are way outside the spirit of the regulations. KTM and Mahindra have made Moto3 more expensive than Moto2, Nakamoto told Speedweek.
The problem is that the rules do not specify that engines must be made available separately to complete motorcycles. Subsection 22.214.171.124.21.c.ii of the FIM regulations specifies that engines may be supplied either separately, or as a complete bike. That is a loophole large enough to drive a very expensive coach and horses through, and that is exactly what KTM and Mahindra have done. MotoMatters.com understands that chassis suppliers have made requests to both KTM and Mahindra for engines at the 12,000 euro price, but have so far been turned down. Until this loophole is plugged, costs in Moto3 will continue to spiral out of control.
Below are the press releases from Ambrogio Racing and Mahindra:
AMBROGIO RACING TAKES TO MAHINDRA FROM MISANO
Silverstone, UK, September 01, 2013: After a highly successful debut in the ultra-competitive Moto3™ grand prix class, Mahindra Racing is pleased to confirm that it will now supply two 2013 Mahindra MGP3O racers to Ambrogio Racing, the team’s first Moto3 customer.
Ambrogio Racing will introduce their new Mahindra bikes to the grid at Misano in two weeks time for the Grand Prix di San Marino e la Riveria di Rimini. The team’s German rider, Luca Amato, and South African teammate Brad Binder will switch to the MGP3O for the remaining six Moto3 races of 2013.
The agreement with Ambrogio will mean that five Mahindra MGP3Os will be seen on the Misano grid. Mahindra Racing’s Italian Championship (CIV) Moto3 class-leader, Andrea Locatelli (16), will make a World Championship wildcard appearance alongside factory-regulars Miguel Oliveira and Efrén Vázquez.
Designed and built at Mahindra Racing’s state of the art factory in Switzerland, the MGP3O single-cylinder, 250cc racer has proved its worth from the first tests. Apart from being reliable, this four-stroke machine is also very competitive. In the first half of its debut season, the prototype has already claimed four front row starts, including one pole position, and has regularly fought in the leading group of the Moto3 class, narrowly missing the podium in a number of races.
Mahindra, the only Indian constructor in grand prix motorcycle racing, is continuing its development of the MGP3O during the remainder of the 2013 season.
Moto3 regulations dictate that manufacturers must be prepared to supply up to 15 riders in the class, and Mahindra Racing has geared up for further production in time for the 2014 season. “So far this season we have definitely proved the reliability and performance of the MGP3O,” said Mufaddal Choonia, CEO of Mahindra Racing. “We are confident of further improvements and there is a lot of development work still under way in Switzerland and India at the moment.
“There has been a great deal of interest from other teams, and we are very excited about seeing five Mahindra MGP3O machines on the grid at Misano. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with Ambrogio Racing. I can say that this is almost something historic for Indian automotive engineering.
“The Mahindra race bike is excellent value, as an overall package, and it is great to be breaking new ground as an Indian constructor.”
Team owner of Ambrogio Racing, Fiorenzo Caponera, said: “Improving the team’s performance is our constant target, as we want to give our riders the best possible chance of showing their talent. Mahindra is a recent name in the World Championship, but its commitment and excellent results so far this season make Mahindra the perfect choice for our programme.”
Ambrogio Racing and Mahindra together until the end of 2015
Luxemburg, August 28th, 2013
From the next Misano GP, Ambrogio Racing is going to race with Mahindra bikes. The partnership will last until the end of 2015.
Fiorenzo Caponera (Team Principal) “Improving the team's performance is our constant target, as we want to give our riders the best possible chance of showing their talent. Among several options we decided in favor of Mahindra because of their results in such a short time, but also in account of a strategy common to all the seasons spent by WWR in the World Championship: the team have preferred to invest in young and often rookies riders, to be part of innovative marketing strategies, new challenges, strong partnerships. Mahindra is a recent name among those involved in the World Championship, but its commitment and the excellent results got makes a perfect choice for our program”.
Ambrogio Racing has become the first of what is likely to become a torrent of defections from Honda in the Moto3 class at the end of this year. The Italian team of Brad Binder and Luca Amato - Danny Webb was forced to leave the team over a lack of sponsorship - will be switching from the Suter Honda to a Mahindra from the next round of Moto3 at Misano.The reasons for the switch are simple. The Honda NSF250R engine simply does not produce sufficient power to be able to rival the KTMs. At every circuit on the calendar so far, the KTMs have simply powered away from the the Hondas, with only some excellent riding by youngsters such as Jack Miller and Alexis Masbou keeping the KTMs in sight, using the stronger handling of the FTR chassis. Binder and Webb have also had good results with the Suter Honda, though again, they have been beaten on sheer horsepower by the KTMs.The switch from the Suter Honda to the Mahindra is not as large as it seems. The Mahindra MGP30 is being built by Suter in a collaboration between the Swiss firm and the Indian engineering giant, with a large number of Indian engineers working on the engine and chassis at the Suter factory. The chassis is very similar to the Suter Honda chassis, and the engine bears some resemblance too, though the Mahindra power plant produces much more power than the NSF250R.
Marc Marquez has been sanctioned with two penalty points for ignoring a yellow flag in the morning warm up. The Repsol Honda rider was penalized after crashing at Vale, just moments after Cal Crutchlow had gone down at the same spot. Marquez was penalized as the marshalls at the spot were waving yellow flags, along with the oil flags.
Speaking after the race, Marquez said he had not seen any yellow flags at the corner. 'I didn't speak with [Race Direction] but they said there was the yellow flag and the oil flag, and I know that with the yellow flag you need to slow down, especially when you see the oil flag, you slow down a lot, but I didn't see them. I cannot say many things [about this]. The rules are there, and so if they gave me points, it's because the flags were there, but I didn't see them.'
Below is the official press release on the sanction:
Decision of the Race Direction
Notification of Sanction
On 1st September, 2013 during MotoGP™ Warm Up session of the Hertz British Grand Prix, rider Marc Marquez (93) was riding in a section of the circuit where waved yellow flags were displayed due to an earlier accident. He continued at racing speed and did not slow down and be prepared to stop as required by the regulations. His subsequent crash at the same point as the previous accident seriously endangered the rider being attended and the marshals in the accident zone.
This is an infringement of Article 1.22.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.
A Race Direction hearing was held at Silverstone on 1st September 2013 and the decision of the Race Direction is to impose two penalty points on the 2013 season total of the MotoGP rider number 93 Marc Marquez.
No appeal has been lodged. The decision of the Race Direction is final.Marc Marquez has been sanctioned with two penalty points for ignoring a yellow flag in the morning warm up. The Repsol Honda rider was penalized after crashing at Vale, just moments after Cal Crutchlow had gone down at the same spot. Marquez was penalized as the marshalls at the spot were waving yellow flags, along with the oil flags.Speaking after the race, Marquez said he had not seen any yellow flags at the corner. 'I didn't speak with [Race Direction] but they said there was the yellow flag and the oil flag, and I know that with the yellow flag you need to slow down, especially when you see the oil flag, you slow down a lot, but I didn't see them. I cannot say many things [about this]. The rules are there, and so if they gave me points, it's because the flags were there, but I didn't see them.'Below is the official press release on the sanction:FIM Announcement Decision of the Race Direction Notification of Sanction
Marc Marquez has dislocated his left shoulder in a crash in morning warm up at Silverstone. The championship leader crashed over the bumps going into Vale, falling heavily on his shoulder. He was then taken to the medical center, where he was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. The team at the medical center put his shoulder back in place, and passed Marquez fit to race.
Marquez' crash was one of a series that happened in the cold conditions of warm up. Though it was bright and sunny, a cold wind meant temperatures were very low. Cal Crutchlow had crashed a few moments earlier in exactly the same spot, and the marshalls were just trying to clear his bike out of the way when Marquez went down. The Spaniard's bike ran straight at Crutchlow's stricken Tech 3 Yamaha, causing the marshalls to scatter out of the way.
Marquez and Crutchlow were not the only riders to go down at Vale, as Michele Pirro had already fallen at the same spot earlier on the day. Yonny Hernandez had also crashed earlier, but this time at Chapel, the last of the three corners at Maggotts and Becketts. Though the bumps at Vale are partly to blame for the crashes there, not having an extra soft tire makes it harder to warm the tire in the cool conditions of the morning warm up, which takes place half an hour earlier than FP1. The consequence of the single tire rule means that tire choice is limited, and focused on providing rubber the riders can race on in the afternoon, rather than use in the morning warm up.Marc Marquez has dislocated his left shoulder in a crash in morning warm up at Silverstone. The championship leader crashed over the bumps going into Vale, falling heavily on his shoulder. He was then taken to the medical center, where he was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. The team at the medical center put his shoulder back in place, and passed Marquez fit to race.Marquez' crash was one of a series that happened in the cold conditions of warm up. Though it was bright and sunny, a cold wind meant temperatures were very low. Cal Crutchlow had crashed a few moments earlier in exactly the same spot, and the marshalls were just trying to clear his bike out of the way when Marquez went down. The Spaniard's bike ran straight at Crutchlow's stricken Tech 3 Yamaha, causing the marshalls to scatter out of the way.
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