Johann Zarco schnappte sich Tom Lüthi im Moto2-Rennen in der letzten Runde. Danny Kent konnte den Moto3-Matchball nicht nutzen, die finale Entscheidung über den Titel fällt erst in Valencia; dafür gelang Miguel Oliveira der nächste Sieg für KTM. Pedrosa seilte sich im MotoGP-Rennen nach vorne ab und gewann vor Lorenzo.
Dennoch stand natürlich das dramatische Geschehen zwischen Rossi und Marquez im Mittelpunkt. Hier die Aussagen der beiden im O-Ton, die anschließend über die offiziellen Pressemitteilungen von Repsol Honda und Movistar-Yamaha verlautbart wurden:
Marc Marquez: »We were having a good race up until the incident. At the beginning I made a mistake, but then I regained confidence. Valentino overtook me, I followed him for half a lap, and I saw that I could go faster than him, so I tried overtake him back. We started a fight between us and I always passed without making any contact with him. At Turn 14 he passed me on the inside, I sat the bike up, he kept going straight ahead and I saw him looking at me. I didn’t know what to do. Then he kicked out at me, knocking my brake lever, and I crashed. I will leave the sanction in the hands of Race Direction. All I know is that I scored zero points and ended up in the gravel, but thankfully I’m fine. Both what Valentino said to Race Direction and what he did on the track has made me disappointed. I’ve never seen anything like it: a rider kicking another rider. It might be down to nerves, but I want to try to forget about all this and the important thing is that I’m fine physically. I hope, for the sake of the sport that this ends here.«
Valentino Rossi: »Marquez knows it wasn‘t red mist that caused the incident. It‘s very clear from the helicopter footage that I didn‘t want to make him crash, I just wanted to make him lose time, go outside of the line and slow down, because he was playing his dirty game, even worse than in Australia. When I went wide and slowed down to nearly a stop, I looked at him as if to say ’what are you doing?‘. After that we touched. He touched with his right underarm on my leg and my foot slipped off the foot peg. If you look at the image from the helicopter it‘s clear that when my foot slipped of the foot peg, Marquez had already crashed. I didn‘t want to kick him, especially because, if you give a kick to a MotoGP bike, it won‘t crash, it‘s very heavy. For me the sanction is not fair, because Marquez won his fight. His program is OK because he is making me lose the championship. The sanction is not good, especially for me, because I didn‘t purposefully want to make him crash, I just reacted to his behaviour, but I didn‘t kick him. You can‘t say anything in the press conference, maybe it changes something, but to me this was not fair, because I just want to fight for the championship with Jorge and let the better man win, but like this that‘s not happening. Like I said, I didn‘t want to make Marquez crash, but I had to do something because at that moment Jorge was already gone. The championship is not over yet, but this sanction cut me off by the legs and made Marquez win.«
Nach Valencia reist Rossi nun mit 7 Zählern Vorsprung. Mit der Strafe der Race Direction wird er jedoch vom Ende des Feldes starten müssen. Die Diskussionen weltweit werden bis zum Finale anhalten, und darüber hinaus vermutlich auch.
Im Sport wie in der Wirtschaft ist mitunter von win-win-Situationen die Rede. Egal wie man die Geschehnisse sieht, wer was gemacht hat oder nicht, wer angefangen oder nur reagiert hat. Das hier ist eher das Gegenteil, eine loose-loose-Situation. Wer die WM-Krone auch gewinnt, die Chance ist groß, dass am Ende alle Beteiligten nur verlieren.
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