The immediate fallout of the collision between Repsol Honda teammates Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa was evident Sunday afternoon in Spain.
Marquez went on to win the Grand Prix of Aragon, passing Jorge Lorenzo after brushing Pedrosa's RC213V in a passing maneuver. The team reported the contact cut Pedrosa's traction control cable, causing Pedrosa to soar out of the race in a vicious high-side in the next corner.
The victory padded Marquez's lead over Jorge Lorenzo to 39 points with four races remaining. Barring injury or one of the biggest collapses in MotoGP history, the 2013 MotoGP World Champion will be a 20-year-old rookie from Spain.
Meanwhile, Pedrosa's title hopes ground to a halt as he slid on his knee pucks on the Spanish asphalt. He is 59 points behind Marquez. Another year, another empty disappointment for Pedrosa.
Race Direction has summoned Marquez and Pedrosa to a meeting to discuss the incident Thursday, Oct. 10 during the Malaysian Grand Prix race weekend. It's unclear if any reprimand or penalty will be issued to Marquez and what form that rebuke may take.
Marquez could receive two points on his license. He already has two points this season for wiping out at the scene of Cal Crutchlow's crash during morning warm-up at Silverstone, and a total of four penalty points requires that rider to start from the rear of the grid at the next race.
But does anyone think that will slow Marquez or reignite the World Championship race? It's hard to imagine Marquez finishing any worse than fifth - behind Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and either Cal Crutchlow, Alvaro Bautista or Stefan Bradl - even after starting last. And it's not impossible to think rookie phenom Marquez could still win from the rear. We seem to remember an Italian fellow winning a race from a rolling ten second penalty some seasons ago.
While the outcome of the Malaysia meeting remains murky, it's clear any good feelings shared by Spanish teammates Marquez and Pedrosa are in tatters. Marquez admitted to the contact after the race, apologizing to Pedrosa in person.
"I need to be careful with this because already I did many mistakes," Marquez said to the media after the race. "For sure, it was my mistake because I was behind, but it was unlucky. I only touched a little bit. Dani was in the same line and I went wide, and the contact was almost nothing.
"I thought I would lose two seconds running wide, but then I saw him crash and immediately I realized it was a strange crash. But it was my fault because I was behind him."
A sporting gesture. But the damage was done. Pedrosa was cagey in his comments to Spanish media immediately after the race. But Pedrosa unloaded - at least by his usually taciturn standards - on his teammate during an interview with Spanish TV.
"Marc is always riding on the limit when he has riders in front," Pedrosa, whose corner said the reason he took out his teammate at Estoril back in '06 was because Hayden was going too slow. "This time, like he has been doing all year, he almost hit me from behind, and when he touched me, he broke the traction control sensor and I just flew. That was the end of my race; I fell because of that. It's obvious that it doesn't matter what I say now - it's over now.
"On days like this, you only hear the winner, but I'd like to say that Race Control has been taking things too lightly with things that have been happening in recent years. A lot of experienced riders like myself have been trying to calm down others with less experience, but in this case, as usual, they have looked the other way.
"The ones who have been warning about this over the years, like Jorge (Lorenzo) or me, also know how to race over the limit, and everything is fine."
Lorenzo refused to pin blame on Marquez after the race but admitted the rookie is "taking risks all of the time."
Reigning World Champion Lorenzo was one of the few ambivalent or reticent - take your pick - observers of the Marquez-Pedrosa incident in the paddock Sunday. Race Director Mike Webb, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow and four-time 500cc World Championship runner-up Randy Mamola each termed the clash a "racing incident."
HRC boss Livio Suppo took a more diplomatic tone. He said Marquez must mollify his ultra-aggressive tactics to keep the respect of his rivals and avoid sanction from Race Control, pinpointing Marquez's almost-standard practice of being one of the kings of the late-brakers, especially when trying to pass another rider.
But Suppo also raged against the machine that pushed the hearing between Marquez and Pedrosa to the Sepang race weekend.
"We have half an hour to make their complaint and take two weeks," Suppo said to Italian media.
So it remains unclear how the fallout will settle in this drama and what the acrimony was allowed to fester eastward to Malaysia. Is this just veteran riders trying to slow the new guy who is kicking their asses down, or are they really concerned with cleaner race tactics?
Maybe the only verdict that would please all riders was proposed by Rossi.
"I was behind, but even if I saw it, I think Marquez should be penalized for two or three seasons, so it would be easier," Rossi said, with a laugh.