Marc Marquez says he wasn’t worried that his hard overtake on title rival Jorge Lorenzo at the end of Sunday’s Spanish MotoGP race would result in a penalty from Race Direction.
Marquez snatched a last gasp second with a bold braking move at the final corner that gave him the outright lead in the world championship.
Factory Yamaha rider Lorenzo though was left furious after Marquez collided with his YZR-M1 in a dramatic last corner incident that saw memories of Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau’s tangle in the same place back in 2005 come flooding back.
Reposl Honda rider Marquez is no stranger to controversy and some fans felt his move on Lorenzo was too aggressive and worthy of punishment under the new penalty points system.
A new penalty points system was introduced for 2013 to clampdown on dangerous and aggressive riding across all three classes after Race Direction came in for criticism for the way various incidents were dealt with and the lack of consistency in the punishments handed out.
But after careful consideration of evidence from a range of different camera angles, the four-member Race Direction panel opted not to sanction Marquez, who heads to the forthcoming French MotoGP clash in Le Mans with a slender three-point lead over HRC teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Marquez said he had not been concerned after his late lunge secured him second would result in a penalty and he told MCN: “I didn’t think about that because many times something has happened like that in that last corner. Always it has happened in that point and if this happens in the middle of the race or on the last lap then it is completely different. But many times in the last lap something has happened like that quite similar.”
Marquez repeatedly offered to acknowledge Lorenzo after the race but the reigning world champion shunned all attempts to accept.
Lorenzo later said his refusal to accept Marquez’s hand came out of pure frustration and he said: “On one hand let’s say I was very hot. Only three minutes before Parc Ferme I lost second place and the chance to lead the world championship after a very difficult race where I was fighting with my bike to finish close to them. It was a human reaction and all the people that criticise me for not accepting the apology from Marc, they would do exactly the same in my situation. When I was hot I didn’t take his hand and it was a natural feeling for me but with a cool mind then probably I would have acted differently. I can excuse him.”
Marquez said he wasn’t angry at Lorenzo’s snub and he told MCN: “I don’t have any problem with Jorge. I understand if I lose one place in the race then sure I would also be angry. Jorge is a very good rider in and out of the track I always respect him a lot. But if I lose one place I would also be upset."