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Oct 10, 2013

Marquez Assessed Penalty Point For Contact With Pedrosa At Motorland Aragon

FIM MotoGP World Championship: Jorge Lorenzo (99) leads Marc Marquez (93) and Dani Pedrosa (26) at Motorland Aragon.
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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 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 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25 points in the Manufacturers’ Championship gained by the manufacturer Honda in the Gran Premio IVECO de Aragón were withdrawn.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.

Editorial Note: Marquez now has a total of three penalty points this season. If he gets a fourth penalty point he will start the next race from the back of the grid.