Marc Márquez must comply with the sanction imposed by the commissioners of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) for having caused an accident at the Portuguese GP, last weekend, the inaugural race of the MotoGP World Championship in 2023. The bad wording cast doubt on its applicability of the rule the penalty in case it didn’t comply during the GP of Argentina, next appointment of the event this weekend.

The attack on Miguel Oliveira (Aprilia) was punished by two long laps – a long lap that loses about two seconds compared to a normal one and which usually implies the loss of several positions in the race – for the Honda driver, who broke the thumb of one of his hands in the accident and also caused a fracture in one toe to Jorge Martín (Ducati). Cervera’s eighth champion, after the impact and injury, underwent emergency surgery that same Sunday in Madrid for an intra-articular fracture displaced at the base of the first metacarpal of the thumb of his right hand. After the operation, which went smoothly, the Repsol Honda team announced that the rider would be withdrawn from the race held in Termas de Río Hondo.

The team environment and the pilot himself assumed, due to the fact that the sanction had made its application explicit in the Argentine GP, which could not be applied consequently in another future race. After the commotion generated by this slip in the wording – which was the same in all equivalent penalties, with two exceptions last season – the commissioners sent a statement this Tuesday morning to clarify the sanction: “The FIM MotoGP Board clarifies your decision in terms of applicability. Considering the injury and non-participation of Marc Márquez, rider number 93, in the Argentine GP, and with the will to fulfill the intention underlying the decision of the panel of stewards, the double penalty long lap must be served during the next MotoGP race in which the rider can participate”.

For now, the official Honda team does not plan to file allegations after clarification, which sets a new precedent by transferring the applicability of these sanctions in the future. Neither Márquez nor his team have announced, after passing through the surgical center, when they expect to return to competition. The third stage of the World Championship, the GP of the Americas, is scheduled for April 16, in Austin, Texas, where the 93 has already won seven times.

After a very busy opening weekend for the new format, MotoGP travels to the other side of the Atlantic with four casualties confirmed for the second round of the longest and most demanding calendar in history. Miguel Oliveira, after another review at the hospital, was sidelined by his team and joins, also due to injury, the already confirmed casualties of Márquez, Pol Espargaró (GasGas) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati).

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