Pons Tuenti Team Drops Appeal Over Espargaro/Marquez Clash At Barcelona
The Marquez/Espargaro incident in the Barcelona Moto2 race is at an end. The Pons 40 HP Tuenti team has decided not to take their appeal on the incident to the CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and to accept the decision of the FIM Stewards. The decision of Pol Espargaro's team not to take the case to the CAS means that the case is officially closed, and Marc Marquez will not face a penalty over the clash. The one minute penalty initially imposed on Marquez by Race Direction has now been officially consigned to the history books, and Marquez retains his 48-point lead in the Moto2 title race.
After the incident, which saw Marc Marquez run wide in Turn 10 of the Barcelona circuit, then close the door on Pol Espargaro, causing the Pons Tuenti rider to crash out of the race, Marquez was issued with a one-minute penalty by Race Direction, as much for his behavior earlier in the race - Marquez had made a number of questionable moves during the fierce battle with Andrea Iannone, Tom Luthi and Pol Espargaro which raged for much of the race - as for the clash with Espargaro. Marquez' Catalunya Caixa team appealed against the penalty to the FIM Stewards, who overturned the decision of Race Direction. Espargaro's team appealed that decision in turn to the CDI, the FIM's International Disciplinary Court, which upheld the decision of the Stewards. The team had one final legal recourse left to them, to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an option which they have now finally decided against pursuing.
In a statement, the team made it clear that their decision not to pursue an appeal should not be seen as accepting the correctness of the decision. "The Pons 40 HP Tuenti team still believes that the decision is unjust and does not reflect the facts of the incident," the team statement reads. "Beyond the harm done in terms of the sports results, the Pons 40 HP Tuenti team profoundly laments the lack of respect which the judgement displays towards the authority of Race Direction and the Safety Commission, which is the organ charged with ensuring the safety of races in the MotoGP championship based on its knowledge, experience, and the criteria set out, and which guarantees compliance with the sporting regulations of the FIM," the statement went on to say.
The decision to drop the case was taken to allow the team and the rider to concentrate on the six races which remain of the 2012 Moto2 Championship, the team said.