FIM Press Releases: Penalty Points For Marquez And Cortese

Below are the FIM press releases announcing the punishments imposed by Race Direction on Marc Marquez after the incident with Dani Pedrosa in the MotoGP race at Aragon, and Sandro Cortese after the incident with Alex De Angelis in the Moto2 race at Aragon:


2013 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Decision of the Race Direction

On 29 September 2013 during the MotoGP race of the Gran Premio IVECO de Aragón, rider number 93 Marc Marquez made contact with the machine of rider number 26, Dani Pedrosa, who subsequently crashed as a result of damage to his machine caused by that contact.

Technical information was requested from the Repsol Honda Team in order to enable the Race Direction to study the possible causes of the crash of Dani Pedrosa, and this was examined in the days following the Gran Premio IVECO de Aragón. The technical report submitted to Race Direction makes it clear that the technical design of the damaged sensor, and the subsequent effect of this damage on the electronic controls of the machine, were major factors in the crash of Dani Pedrosa.

A Race Direction hearing was held on 10 October 2013 at the Sepang International Circuit. The Race Direction decided on the basis of Article 3.3.1.3 of the 2013 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code to impose the addition of one Penalty Point to the record of rider number 93 Marc Marquez for the 2013 season for irresponsible riding causing danger to another competitor, which is an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

Furthermore, the Race Direction found that the design of the sensor and related electronics system compromised the safety of the rider. It therefore decided in application of Article 3.3.1.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Regulations that the 25 points in the Manufacturers’ Championship gained by the manufacturer Honda in the Gran Premio IVECO de Aragón were withdrawn.

No appeal has been lodged. The decision of Race Direction is final.


2013 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Decision of the Race Direction

On 29 September 2013 during the Moto2 race of the Gran Premio IVECO de Aragón, rider number 11 Sandro Cortese came into contact with rider number 15 Alex De Angelis who subsequently crashed as a result of this contact.

This is considered to be irresponsible riding causing danger to another competitor and is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

Video evidence of the incident was requested by Race Direction and this was received in the week following the Aragón race. A Race Direction hearing was held on 10 October at the Sepang International Circuit, where both riders gave evidence.

The decision of Race Direction was to impose the addition of one Penalty Point to the record of rider number 11 Sandro Cortese for the 2013 season, according to Article 3.3.1.3 of the 2013 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.

No appeal has been lodged. The decision of Race Direction is final.

Round Number: 
14
Year: 
2013

Comments

This must be a joke..is it April 1 already?

Really? "irresponsible riding causing danger to another competitor" WTF? Marquez should tell these jerks to go f__k themselves and find another sport. This is NOT ballet, it's motorcycle racing. Misguided political correctness like this will kill the sport. Why don't they just stuff the racing suits with newspaper, jam a helmet on there and let the riders run 'em around via radio control from the safety of the pit lane? Or perhaps they can hold up score-cards to determine the winner based on how responsible and non-dangerous his riding was? Gimmee a f__ing break! It's a race, not one of these track-daze!

Total votes: 33

No sense having a penalty points system if you don't use it!

I'm usually happy to argue against a Dorna position but in this Marquez case they applied a nearly meaningless penalty to a situation that was barely deserving of one. Seems balanced to me! Yes, it was a minor contact, but it was not like squeezing inside another rider with plenty of track on the outside. If Marquez was a bit closer Pedrosa would have been collected from behind with no way of avoiding it, not the kind of 'rubbing is racing' that we want to see. More importantly, Marquez knows that next time any penalty will have repercussions, there's no more 1 point get out of jail free cards.

Maybe a standard minimum 1 point penalty for incidents where a rider crashes clearly because of another rider's move is not a bad thing. One point in and of itself is no penalty at all and only becomes an issue if you are a serial offender, at which point it should be an issue. If you've knocked 4 people down you do need at least a slap on the wrist and be sent to the back of the grid. And it can be applied anytime after the race so no decisions in the heat of battle need to be made.

As unusual as it sounds I think Dorna is on the right track this time. Once we get over the newness of a 3 yellow/1 light red card ratio in racing it will become much less of an issue when it happens.

Chris
http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

Total votes: 22

Design penalty?

Dorna is going to penalize Honda for design issues by taking away constructor points?

So how has Ducati managed to escape this penalty?

Total votes: 25

now that was funny

I'll bet even Dovi thought so.

The fact that it has taken ~ 2 weeks for the penalties to come out says how measured the approach was. MM may just take heed but that will be totally up to him and at least he can't say he wasn't warned.

Total votes: 18

Honda were already penalised

Honda were already penalised the points that Dani didn't get, and now they are penalised more? That's daft.

Total votes: 19

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