I would agree with you, b.miller123. Absolutely right.
Honda's mistake was easily done and gave no significant advantage except perhaps having a slightly clearer pit lane, if that. The last lap was also quite slow for Marquez as the rear tire was badly damaged by then, so again - no advantage as such.
By the time Marquez pulled out, he had no advantage over Lorenzo anyway and had there been no bike change required during the race the position would have been much the same...
They also black flagged a couple of other back runners for similar offences.
Totally out of order by race-direction. They needed to be more understanding of the problems this bike change caused for all. They could have simply ordered him to drop 1-2 positions and even that would have been harsh, bearing in mind the questionable level of advantage Honda gained by pitting after completing 10 laps.
With 2 typhoons approaching Japan together (highly unusual) - one being Typhoon Francisco; a super typhoon, the other Lekimia- although it's unlikely to hit directly on central Honshu Island - usually typhoons bring a lot of rain & winds.
it'll be interesting to see what Moto GP decides to do if the weather is that bad this weekend: http://earthsky.org/earth/typhoon-fr...ater-this-week
I guess they could reduce FP sessions, or delay the race a few hours, with cancellation being a last resort if things got really bad. Anyways, will be going with plenty of wet weather protection. Glad we're not riding up and camping in a tent!
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