The Repsol Honda rider nudged Jorge Martin then hit Oliveira hard after experiencing problems with braking. Marquez and Oliveira DNF, suffered injuries and missed the Argentina MotoGP.
Marquez was rewarded with a double long lap penalty which should have been served in Argentina. But because he had to pull over first, the penalty was carried out when he appeared in the race.
The RNF team did not remain silent. They issued a statement which urged the stewards to impose harsher punishments for incidents such as those experienced by Marquez and Oliveira. According to them, the sanction should be a warning to drivers in all classes not to be careless.
“CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team, following the recent incident of reckless and irresponsible racing shown by Marc Marquez towards Miguel Olivera, encourages harsher and more severe punishment from the FIM Stewards,” read the statement.
“MotoGP racing, be it the Sprint Race or the main race, is high-speed and high-intensity, where every rider wants to win at all costs.
“However, such aggressive behavior can often lead to dire consequences, not only for the drivers themselves but also for their fellow competitors.
“The incident that occurred at the recent race between Marc Marquez and Miguel Olivera should serve as a warning to riders in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.
“As such, it is imperative that they are reminded of the severity of the penalties for any kind of reckless and irresponsible racing.”
Miguel Oliveira, RNF MotoGP Racing, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team crash
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CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team condemns such behavior and strongly supports stricter penalties to prevent violations.
“We urge the FIM Stewards to take swift and decisive action against such reckless riders, setting an example for the younger and up-and-coming riders in Moto3 and Moto2.”
“We believe that safety is the top priority in any sport, and MotoGP must take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of all its riders.
“We look forward to supporting the FIM Stewards in their ongoing efforts to develop a safer and more responsible racing environment.”
The FIM has not yet commented on this statement.