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As the Mo­toGP grid formed for the fi­nal time time, Mar­quez’s bike cut out. Pro­to­col dic­tates that Mar­quez should have raised his hand and been es­corted from the grid. Un­der­stand­ably flus­tered, Mar­quez man­aged to get his Honda bump-started. He ig­nored IRTA’s weak at­tempt to get him off the grid, did a U-turn, rode the wrong way up the grid, took his slot, fired it off the line and blitzed his way to the front by the end of lap 2. Then came his first of three penal­ties, a ride through.

He re­joined in 19th place. He then pro­ceeded to scythe his way through the field. At times it was breath­tak­ing but it was all too of­ten reck­less. It was a reck­less shunt/pass on Aleix Es­par­garo in turn 13 that saw Mar­quez get his sec­ond penalty from race con­trol, drop a po­si­tion. No prob­lem. He duly obliged and con­tin­ued apace, re­lent­lessly dis­patch­ing the field un­til ‘that’ flash point. Lap 20, turn 13. A re­peat of the Es­par­garo move, only this time the move had the vol­ume turned up to 11 and he punted his arch neme­sis, Valentino Rossi onto the deck, deck ef­fec­tively end­ing his race. race Cue his third and fi­nal penalty, an ad­di­tional 30 sec­onds to his race time, dump­ing him out of the points.

In the hours and days fol­low­ing, the Mo­toGP world w has pre­dictably gone mad. In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math Mar­quez, flanked by his en­tourage, marched to Rossi’s garage in an at­tempt to apol­o­gise. They were swiftly re­buffed by Rossi’s right hand man, Uc­cio, while a stony faced Yamaha boss, Lin Jarvis watched on un­moved. Mar­quez has sub­se­quently been ac­cused of de­stroy­ing the sport with his reck­less ag­gres­sion and per­ceived lack of re­spect for his fel­low rid­ers.

Rossi has claimed he doesn’t feel pro­tected by race di­rec­tion. Was Mar­quez reck­less? Prob­a­bly. What makes it worse is that it was com­pletely un­nec­es­sary. He was at least a sec­ond s a lap quicker than ev­ery man in the field. fi He sim­ply didn’t need to make the moves he made, when he made them. The red mist clearly got the bet­ter of him.

‘You’re not go­ing any­where, sun­shine.’

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