Marc Marquez’s contact with Dani Pedrosa at the Aragon round cost his teammate, but now there’s going to be a mark on his own record as well – no pun intended.
At Aragon, Marquez clipped his teammate and damaged Pedrosa’s traction control system. Predictably, Pedrosa ended up in the weeds shortly afterwards, while Marquez won the race.
However, pretty much everyone who saw the incident figured Marquez would end up paying, and he has, to the tune of another penalty point, giving him three for the year. One more penalty point, and he’ll be starting from the back of the pack.
The crack-up also cost the factory team; not only was Pedrosa’s potential points haul taken away, but Race Direction also stripped HRC of the 25 points they got for Marquez’s win, as a penalty for what they deemed was a faulty design. Since the incident, Honda has taken steps to protect the traction control system on their bikes, but this move will set them back.
Meanwhile, further back in the ranks, Karel Abraham finally received his needed shoulder surgery. Abraham went home to the Czech Republic to receive some much-needed repairs to his left shoulder, after mashing it up at a crash at the Indianpolis round. While they were messing around in there, they also took out some metal bracing that had been put in there earlier in the year to repair another fracture. These days, when you talk about patching up riders after a crash, it sounds a lot like an episode from the Six Million Dollar Man.
Anyway, Abraham’s season is over, but he said “I’m happy to have got it over with, and after the rehab’s finished I’m sure I’ll be able to once again give 100 per cent in my training and riding. I’ve got the whole winter in front of me, and the aim is to be able to go into the pre-season testing without anything holding me back. It’ll be a while of course before I’m able to get back on the bike, but I’m counting on going to the Masaryk Circuit this Sunday to watch the Marco Simoncelli Memorial Ride.”