60 Minutes
by staff
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Reportedly, Yamaha MotoGP has asked Race Direction to re-examine the incident at Phillip Island which resulted in the collision between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo. The incident occurred after Marquez made his now infamous bike swap one lap too late.

Immediately afterward Lorenzo glanced off Marquez in Phillip Island's ultra-fast turn one, and Yamaha says the reason for that is because Marquez had drifted past "the neutral zone" pit exit in turn one, and thus should be penalized.

MotoGP rules dictate that all protest paperwork must be filed within sixty minutes of the end of the race. It's understood that Yamaha did not file a complaint against Marquez within that time but presumably will appeal to Race Direction that because of the chaotic nature of the race at Phillip Island they didn't have time to review the incident.

Reportedly MotoGP Race Direction has scheduled a meeting with Yamaha for Friday at Motegi to discuss the incident but, perhaps tellingly, has not informed Honda that their presence is required.


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