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MotoGP, Ezpeleta like Pontius Pilate: correct decisions

The Dorna CEO intervenes after what happened during the Argentina GP but sits on the fence: "it's not my place to judge the stewards"

MotoGP: Ezpeleta like Pontius Pilate: correct decisions


Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, has said his piece following the events that occurred during the Argentina GP. The MotoGP boss started by talking about what happened on the start line.

“The MotoGP race and the other races took place under a very difficult situation due to the weather . Moto2 took place in dry conditions while Moto3 was in wet conditions. At the moment we studied the situation of the grid, just Miller was using the slick tyres. The rest of the riders had the right to go to the pitlane and take the exit from there, after changing the bike set-up for dry conditions."

A situation that has already occurred in the past.

It’s the same that happened some years ago in Sachsenring, where everybody took the start from the pitlane. We made the decision, shared by the majority of the teams, to start the way we did”  - thus giving Miller a three-row head start. That decision was taken for safety reasons, and it was the right decision."

Ezpeleta then talks about the race.

"The situation was very difficult due to weather conditions, there was a dry line on the asphalt. Then what happened is what everyone saw on TV”, though his explanation is less than convincing.

The CEO then defended the stewards' decisions.

"They are people nominated by the FIM and by IRTA. They took the decision, which I will obviously not judge. In the next GP Safety Commission with the riders, in Austin, we will discuss this situation."

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Translated by Heather Watson

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