In a way, it almost warmed the cockles.
Human error on the scale seen with Marc Marquez's crew yesterday is becoming a rarity in top level racing. Vast areas of racing now run like a shell script: bikes are warmed up via controlled program within the ECU, riders have launch control for starts and a traction control system that intermixes with GPS. Human error is now usually revealed as a result of not relying on the technology--witness the the infamous crashes of Jorge Lorenzo at Laguna and Dani Pedrosa's at Phillip Island '07, both of which occurred when they mistakenly turned their computers off. Or Spies' Indy spill when he forgot to engage the traction control system.
Nope, this was good old carbon-based error. Things would be a lot different if humans weren't so damn fallible. King Kenny Roberts would have won the 1983 world championship if whoever was responsible had put enough gas in his bike before the Italian GP. Ben Spies very nearly lost the WSBK championship when another Yamaha man misunderstood which fuel tank was supposed to be on his R1 before race one that year. Things happen.
At least they copped to the mistake and issued an honest explanation of what went wrong. This isn't always the case: a World Superbike PR man once quit a team after he had to issue numerous 'DNF as a result of electrical problem' releases even after the entire paddock had seen connecting rod and crankshaft parts hanging out of the stopped bike's cases.
My team and I had set out a strategy and we thought that we could come in after lap 10, but in reality this counts as an extra lap. We hadn't had that in mind and this was a huge mistake. -- Marquez
Let's be honest, though, the Phillip Island MotoGP event of 2013 had a near slapstick, make-it-up-as-you-go along theme long before Marquez and his crew screwed up and kept him out one lap too long. Assuredly there are people flying to Barcelona today who are are smug with clandestine happiness that because of the very public gaffe made by Marquez and his crew it means that critics are not pointing the 'how could this possibly have happened' focus on them.