Marc Marquez Subject to Penalty After Crash with Oliveira at MotoGP Portugal 2023

Marc Marquez Subject to Penalty After Crash with Oliveira at MotoGP Portugal 2023 – Respol Honda rider Marc Marquez started the 2023 MotoGP season in Portugal with an injury and a penalty after crashing with Miguel Oliveira from CryptoDATA RNF in the Sunday (26/3)/2023 race.

Quoted from the official MotoGP statement, Monday, Marquez was given a double long-lap penalty which he will take in the next round of the MotoGP calendar, with the condition that he must be able to appear fit or fit to ride.

The crash caused the eight-times world champion to brake himself hard in the early stages of the race, pushing Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) wide and crashing into Oliveira.

The incident ended with Martin losing several positions, while Marquez and Oliveira both exited the race.

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The FIM MotoGP stewards have imposed a double long-lap penalty on Marquez at the second round of the race in Argentina later, because the driver was deemed “irresponsible driving” which is a violation of Article 1.21.2 in FIM regulations.

On the other hand, Marquez accepted the penalty verdict gracefully. He also said he was sorry that a big accident had to happen in Portugal’s opening race.

“First of all I want to say that I am very sorry for Oliveira, his team and the fans in Portugal because it was a race that happened. I made a very big mistake today, of course it was not my intention to make this happen,” said the Spanish racer.

After the crash, both drivers received medical treatment. Marquez will undergo tests following a possible fracture of the metacarpal in his right hand. Meanwhile, Oliveira suffered a bruise on his right leg.

“I avoided Martin but made contact with Oliveira. I went straight to Miguel and then at the medical center I went to check on him – luckily he seems fine and this is the most important thing,” said Marquez.

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“As for me, I have pain in my right hand and knee, but it’s not that important at the moment. I fully accept and respect the double long-lap penalty during the Argentina GP because I made a mistake,” he added. (BETWEEN)


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