MotoGP: Repsol Honda Team to fight Marquez penalty (Update)

Following an appeal from Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team, the FIM Appeal Stewards have decided to refer the matter to the MotoGP™ Court of Appeal “for the adequate resolution of the case.”

On Sunday, FIM MotoGP™ Stewards gave Marquez a Double Long Lap penalty for the Gran Premio Michelin® de la República Argentina MotoGP™ race.

On Tuesday, the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards published the following:

“Considering the injury and non-participation of Marc Marquez, Rider #93, at the GRAN PREMIO MICHELIN® DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, and with a view to comply with the intention underlying the decision taken by the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel, the Double Long Lap Penalty shall be served by the Rider at the next MotoGP™ Race in which he will be able to participate.”

This triggered an appeal from Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team. The FIM Appeal Stewards have now referred it to the MotoGP™ Court of Appeal.

Read the full Decision of the Appeal Stewards HERE!

March 29, 2023 

–Press Release–

In relation to the sanction imposed by the FIM on Marc Marquez for the race incident that occurred at the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Repsol Honda Team considers that the modification of the penalty consisted of a change of criteria on when the penalty should be applied, and that this modification was issued by the FIM two days after the initial sanction was final and definitive, is not in line with the current regulations of the FIM for the MotoGP World Championship.

For this reason, the Repsol Honda Team intends to use all the means of recourse offered by the regulations in force to defend its rights and legitimate interests, which it considers violated as a result of the latest resolution adopted, and in particular has duly submitted an Appeal before the FIM Appeal Stewards.

The FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel have confirmed that after it was announced Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) would miss the upcoming Gran Premio Michelin de la República Argentina through injury, his double Long Lap Penalty will be applicable for Round 3 at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

Marquez was handed the double Long Lap Penalty after taking out Miguel Oliveira (CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team) in the early stages of Sunday’s Portuguese GP race. It’s since been announced that both riders will now miss the weekend in Termas de Rio Hondo through injury.

Please find attached an FIM MotoGP Stewards Notification regarding the sanction for MotoGP™ rider Marc Marquez. The Stewards have added further information regarding the application of the sanction.


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