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Marquez hit with another penalty

2013-10-10 15:22

I’M STILL NOT TALKING TO YOU:Rookie Marc Marquez has cost Honda 25 points for causing team mate Dani Pedrosa to crash during the 2013 Aragon MotoGP. Image: AP

Ian Ransom

SEPANG, Malaysia - MotoGP leader Marc Marquez has accrued his third penalty point and his team denied all Constructors points from his win at Aragon in September for his part in a collision with team mate Honda rider Dani Pedrosa.

The 20-year-old rookie clipped Pedrosa during the race resulting in a crash. Marquez put it down to "bad luck" but Pedrosa complained that his opponent had broken his bike's sensor used for traction control.

HEAVY PENALTIES

Under new rules introduced in 2013, MotoGP hands out penalty points for on-track transgressions, with riders who accumulate four points being put at the back of the grid for their next race.

Seven points means a start from pits lane, while ten incurs a ban from the next race.

A statement from MotoGP officials said: "A touch from (Marquez's) left arm broke the rear wheel speed sensor cable on the back of Pedrosa's bike, resulting in a loss of his traction control for the latter which saw him crashing out of the race."

By October 2013, Marquez accumulated three penalty points after incurring two during a warm-up at Silverstone when he was deemed to have ignored yellow flags from another rider's spill.

Marquez leads the title race by 39 points, currently on 278 points with four races left, from reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo heading into the 2013 Malaysian MotoGP.

Having lost 25 points from Aragon, Honda now leads Yamaha by only a point in the constructors' championship.
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