MotoGP 2018 is shaping up to be quite exciting. After a nail-biting final lap fight between Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso in Qatar, everyone was expecting another exciting show in Argentina. The fans weren’t disappointed, though some could argue that the excitement wasn’t because of good racing. Now, Marquez is on the hot seat as race direction decides his further fate.
Is Marquez Riding Too Hot for MotoGP?
Early in the race at Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, Marc Marquez messed up. His bike stalled on the opening grid and after his crew got everything working again, he pulled through pit lane, rode backward on the track, and claimed his starting position on the grid. This violation incurred a ride through penalty on the rider and sent him into a desperate bid for points.
Marquez proceeded to aggressively cut through the field as he tried to salvage his race. In an incident with Aleix Espargaro, race direction saw fit to dock Marquez one position. That didn’t temper the Honda rider’s riding as he continued to cut his way through the pack. That’s when he encountered Valentino Rossi, and disaster struck.
Rossi was forced off track after Marquez dove beneath this rival’s bike, initiated contact, then continued through. The nine-time world champion crashed out of the race, and Marquez went on to a sixth-place finish. Race officials immediately tagged a 30 second penalty on Marquez’s finish, bumping him to 18th place. However, Rossi says this isn’t enough.
In a statement to the press, Rossi claims that Marquez has ruined the sport. He says that the young champion has no respect for his competitors and that has Rossi and other riders on track are scared to race with the Spaniard. So far there is no word of further penalties coming from Dorna, but Rossi has made it clear that he thinks something needs to be done. Do you think he’s right, or is the 2015 Marquez/Rossi rivalry reemerging? The attorneys who ride at Metier Law Firm will be watching closely to find the answer.