MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We will be featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website, over the coming months.
It’s not often these days that one is moved to thank those in charge, but MotoGP’s Race Direction need a big thank you for their unanimous decision not to sanction Marc Márquez for his last-corner move on Jorge Lorenzo at Jerez.
If they had dragged him into their office and punished him, I think I might have given up on motorcycle racing and got into something different. I note that the BBC’s MotoGP show was preceded by a gardening programme. If tough overtaking manoeuvres are to be banned in MotoGP then gardening might make a pleasant alternative for Sunday afternoon entertainment.
Márquez didn’t do anything illegal on Sunday. He didn’t take aim at Lorenzo, he didn’t try to knock him off, he simply stole his line and the pair collided because they both needed the same piece of racetrack. In fact Lorenzo might have beaten him if he had hung back, let Márquez go a bit wide (as he was sure to do) and snuck inside him. Easy for me to say, of course, but that’s what a clever rider does when someone comes charging up the inside, slightly out of control.
Lorenzo said he was caught unawares, because he thought that Márquez’s similar move at the Dry Sack hairpin halfway through the final lap was the youngster’s last hurrah. If he was telling the truth, then he’s not been studying Márquez very closely over the last few years. Surely he knows that the kid never gives up, that he’s like a dog with a bone. Márquez never even considered settling for third place after running wide at Dry Sack, because he knew damn well that the best opportunity for a pass still lay ahead.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.