Reportase.one – The Repsol Honda Team on Wednesday expressed objections to the change in sanctions against Marc Marquez following the Spaniard’s crash with Miguel Oliveira at the season-opening Grand Prix in Portugal last week.
Marquez found his motorbike tires locked so he lost control and crashed into Oliveira, who at that time was in second place on the opening lap. The two racers fell and had to undergo medical checks.
Marquez has expressed his apologies to Oliveira and the RNF team before being penalized with two long lap penalties that apply to the next race at the Argentine Grand Prix.
However, the six-time MotoGP world champion was forced to miss the second round of the calendar following surgery for a fractured metacarpal bone in his right hand.
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MotoGP organizers then amended the penalty for Marquez and stated that the rider would have to undergo a penalty in the next race he took part in.
“The penalty modification contains changes to the criteria regarding when the penalty must be served,” said the Repsol Honda team’s official statement.
“The modifications issued by the FIM two days after the initial sanction were final and definitive, and inconsistent with the current regulations of the FIM and the MotoGP World Championship.
“For that reason, the Repsol Honda team intends to use every means offered by applicable regulations to defend its legitimate rights and interests, which it considers to be infringed as a result of the most recent resolution adopted, and has specifically appealed to the FIM Appeal Stewards.”
Oliveira has been injured and will also miss the race in Argentina.
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A number of parties, including the RNF team, want Marquez to receive more severe punishment for his dangerous actions on the track.