Honda claims to have telemetry data that confirms Marco Marquez's allegations that Valentino Rossi kicked the front brake lever on his engine during a fight in Sepang, causing it to fall.
“Clearly, Valentino Marca was deliberately pushing towards the outer edge of the track, which is against the rules,” said HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto. Marc had no choice but to drive straight, and data from his engine shows that although he “picked up” the engine in an attempt to prevent contact with Valentin, he suddenly suffered a blow to the handle of his front brake, which caused a brake. torque of the front tire, which caused a fall. We believe that the pressure on the brake is due to Rossi's kick, and the data collected from Marco's engine is available to everyone at Dorna, FIM and journalists who want to check, ”said Nakamoto.
Rossi denied at the hearing before the commissioners that he kicked outwards against Marquez's engine, and the commissioners also did not have a clear enough video at their disposal. The Italian consequently kept the points from the race in Malaysia, but after the race he got three penalty points for “irresponsible” driving.
Due to the four points he has collected, after he has already won one in the qualifiers in Misano, he should start the last race in Valencia, which will take place this weekend, from last place. But the Yamaha racer has not yet said the latter, as he has appealed the sentence to the Swiss Arbitration Court, where his sentence will be decided on Friday. The court can reduce the penalty, or eliminate it altogether, but in the event that Rossi and his lawyers fail to convince the judges, the penalty will remain as it is and he will fight for this year's title from last place.
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