MotoGP: Yamaha boss Jarvis calls for Marquez sanctions

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Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis has called for MotoGP’s race direction to ensure that Marquez faces greater sanctions than the penalties he already faced in Sunday’s race at Termas de Rio Hondo.

Unhappy not only with Marquez’s actions in Sunday’s race but also with a close call with Maverick Viñales during practice, he joined Rossi in race directions’ office after the race to insist that simply taking away a point-scoring finish on Sunday wasn’t enough.

“We’ve requested race direction take action in order to do whatever they can to try to bring a correction to his behaviour. His behaviour shows a total lack of respect for any other competitor on the race track. Maio Meregalli, the team director, myself and Valentino went to talk to race direction after the race to give our point of view.

“It’s not our job to make the rules, it’s not our job to decide what action they should take, but at least we wanted to be very clear to them. It’s not only for us, we were the victim on this occasion but on the next occasion the victim might be someone else. I sincerely hope that race direction will review this weekend well and decide if they feel it is appropriate to take action or not.

“I don’t want to get drawn into what I think should be the course of action, because that is for them to do. But I think they need to send out a message. If they agree with us that this behaviour is unacceptable, they must decide what is the appropriate course of action to try to bring about corrected behaviour. But it’s not as if it has just started in the last couple of months, his career has shown many examples of such actions.”

There’s also a precedent for such an action in the past, with Rossi himself facing a back of the grid start for the final race of the 2015 season after a similar collision between the pair at Sepang.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer