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GP Week : Issue 157
“Nobody likes getting punished, but somebody has to be the ****-hole.” His 2012 replacement Mike Webb has a clear view of the role, and of the situation with Marquez. “We’re supposed to be a bit like schoolteachers, saying ‘Hey, don’t do this, and if you stop doing it you won’t have any more problems’. What I want is to stop it getting to the point where the other riders feel they have to intervene.” He sees clear parallels between Marquez and two predecessors who in their youth suffered sanctions for wild riding. One was Jorge Lorenzo, suspended for a race in 2005 after barging de Angelis off at Motegi in the 250 GP at Motegi. At the time, cumulative offences were cited. Lorenzo last year commented that he had learned a valuable lesson. Another was Marco Simoncelli, sadly no longer with us to add his view. The bold Italian was sanction for his aggressive tactics also in the 250 class, and then called up and cautioned once more as a MotoGP rider, after the collision that took Pedrosa out of the race and the title battle at Le Mans last year. Webb: “If you take a wide view, it’s a similar sort of thing. Young super- talented rider comes along, obviously destined for great things, but is just a little bit too far on the aggressive side for what is considered safe. And needs to be told to calm down. “In the case of Simoncelli there was a definite change in his on-track behaviour after we had sat him down in race direction. I wasn’t a member but I was a guest at that time, learning the ropes. I noticed a difference in the way he rode after those incidents. “So it worked in that case, and we’re hoping it will work in Marc’s case, because obviously we’re fans. We think he’s great, but he can’t carry on riding a if there is no-one else on the track. “I’ve seen some MotoGP riders say the penalty was unfair, but imagine him riding like that in MotoGP – he wouldn’t last a minute.” The over-turning of the Catalunya sanction left Race Direction flummoxed: they had taken previous offences, other incidents in the Catalunyan race and a warning at Qatar into account. But the wording of their sanction referred only to the incident with Espargaro, a borderline case in anybody’s language; and the FIM stewards had judged it as such, and decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. Webb hopes that whether or not their original decision is upheld the brilliant young Spaniard will take their message to heart. “For me it’s over. The point’s been made: Marquez needs to calm down a bit and he needs to learn something from this, regardless of what his final points position is after the hearing.” 'Bad Boy' Max Biaggi ... Marquez – the new bad boy ... Lorenzo ... suspended in 2005 36 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> FEATURE