Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is potentially facing a grid penalty at the next MotoGP round in Malaysia as a consequence of his brush with team-mate Dani Pedrosa at the Aragon GP that saw the older Spaniard crash heavily.
Marquez accidentally severed Pedrosa’s traction control cable with his elbow pad when he challenged for 2nd place soon after Pedrosa had overtaken him. The mistake caused Pedrosa to high-side his bike with the traction control disabled and ended his pursuit of race leader Jorge Lorenzo, who eventually also lost out to Marquez.
Marquez and Pedrosa have been asked to attend a hearing at the next race in Sepang to ‘technically analyse the Aragon incident’.
Marquez has been criticised for his aggressive riding style in the past in Moto2, and was on the recieving end of a wanring from Lorenzo after the two made contact in the Jerez race earlier this season. He was given two penalty points on his licence for the crash in final pratice at Silverstone where a failure to obey yellow flags saw him hit Cal Crutchlow’s bike being recovered by marshals from the gravel trap. Should stewards deem his incident with Pedrosa worthy of more penalty points, the Spaniard will be forced to start the next race from the back of the grid.
“I think everyone should have the same cards to play the same rules.” said Dani Pedrosa.
“The relationship has always been fine with him but it’s hard that this comes from your team mate. I can only say that I was doing the right thing and it’s a shame that the guy that is trying to do the right thing always gets the worst part.”