The FIM Stewards have been forced to revise the penalty they imposed on Marc Marquez, for hitting Miguel Oliveira on the third lap of the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday. Initially, the Stewards Notification was worded such that the Double Long Lap Penalty would have to be served at the Grand Prix of Argentina, due to take place at Termas de Rio Hondo this Sunday.
However, Marc Marquez broke his thumb in the crash, fracturing the first metacarpal in his right hand. The Spaniard has since had surgery, but has decided to skip the next round in Argentina.
By a strict reading of the Stewards Notification, Marquez would only have to serve the penalty at Argentina. But after the controversy that produced, and debates over the correct application of penalties, the Stewards have issued a second Notification, clarifying that Marquez will have to serve the penalty during the Sunday race in Argentina, or the next Sunday grand prix he races at.
Almost all previous penalties were worded with direct reference to the actual event in which a penalty will have to be served. We will see if the new Notification letters continue to contain the proviso that a penalty will be served at the next round in which a rider participates.
The FIM Stewards Notification is below:
GRANDE PRÉMIO TISSOT DE PORTUGAL
AUTÓDROMO INTERNATIONAL DO ALGARVE · 24-25-26 March 2023
FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel
APPLICATION OF THE SANCTION IMPOSED ON MARC MARQUEZ, RIDER #93, BY THE FIM STEWARDS PANEL
As per Article 3.5.5 of the FIM Grand Prix World Championship Regulations, the decision taken by the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel on 26 March 2023 at 15:13 following a hearing in the presence of Marc Marquez, Rider #93, is as follows:
On 26 March 2023, at 14:06:02, during the MotoGP™ Race of the GRANDE PRÉMIO TISSOT DE PORTUGAL at Turn 3, the Rider #93 was observed as being overly aggressive and causing a crash involving Rider #88.
This contravenes the specific instructions given to MotoGP™ competitors and teams, disrupting the session, and is considered irresponsible riding causing danger to other competitors. It is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Grand Prix World Championship Regulations.
For the above reasons, the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel has imposed a Double Long Lap Penalty for the GRAN PREMIO MICHELIN® DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA MotoGP™ Race, in accordance with articles 3.2.1 and 188.8.131.52.
Application of the sanction
Following the decision of the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel taken on 26/03/2023 at 15:13, the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel hereby clarifies its decision as regards applicability. Considering the injury and non-participation of Marc Marquez, Rider #93, at the GRAN PREMIO MICHELIN® DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, and with a view to comply with the intention underlying the decision taken by the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel, the Double Long Lap Penalty shall be served by the Rider at the next MotoGP™ Race in which he will be able to participate.