MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Márquez and Pedrosa clash at Aragon
“I didn’t see the touch, but I think Marc should be penalised for two or three seasons!” That was Valentino Rossi’s take on the latest Márquez controversy on Sunday.
Personally, I think the nine-time champ is being a bit harsh on the kid. I think Márquez should be handed another two-point penalty. This, in addition to the two points he got for not respecting yellow flags during Silverstone warm-up, will take him to four points. And that would mean he must start the next race from the back of the grid.
The next race is Sepang. Think about it: a longer than usual drag to the first turn, then plenty of fast, wide corners and long straights. I think Márquez would be tenth by Turn One, sixth by the end of the first lap, third by the end of the second lap. And then? Somehow I think the reigning Moto2 champ – who won last year’s Valencia Moto2 race from the back row of the grid (after committing another misdemeanour during practice) – would relish the challenge.
Rossi, of course, was only joking when he suggested a hefty punishment for the 20-year-old who may well inherit the Italian’s (often disputed) mantle as the greatest bike racer of all time. What he really said was, “I think Marc should be penalised for two or three seasons – it will make racing a lot more easy!”
Race Direction’s decision to delay its hearing into the Márquez/Dani Pedrosa incident until the eve of the Malaysian Grand Prix will allow all kinds of conspiracy theories to ferment over the next few days. Some people want the kid roundly punished. Others don’t want him punished at all. And both sides will be doing everything they can to get their opinions heard in the corridors of power.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.