Incidents and controversies
Not even the time to celebrate the splendid second place conquered by Maverick Vinales in the first GP of the season, on the spectacular Portimao circuit, before the Aprilia top management found themselves fully involved in the day’s controversy that exploded on the Lusitanian circuit: the behavior of Marc Marquez. Indeed, in the initial stages of the race, the Spanish Honda centaur forced an exaggerated braking point, overwhelming poor Miguel Oliveira in full, local idol and second at that time on the track behind Bagnaia. The Portuguese is a bearer of Aprilia’s satellite team, the RNF team, and understandably so Massimo RivolaCEO of Noale, wanted to express his opinion on the matter, starting from the words of his own driver, Aleix Espargarò.
The importance of having just referees
“Aleix said if he tried to pass someone he would hit him – declared Rivola to the microphones of Sky Sports MotoGP – but just give the penalties. If there are rules then then there must be someone who enforces them“. Words that the Italian executive released moments before he arrived thereofficial sanction against Marquez and which proved to be prophetic. “I presume to say that I understand enough of this matter and wish there was a more regular refereethundered the Aprilia boss.
Consistency in sanctions sought
Continuing his analysis, totally acceptable, Rivola has put the issue of safety at the centre. In fact, there were too many accidents that already from Friday’s free practice, to then move on to yesterday’s Sprint race, ended up knocking out several riders, above all Pol Espargarò and Enea Bastianini. Now other names are added to the list and the former Ferrari man is not there: “Aleix took a penalty last year for having made contact in Thailand, where you couldn’t see anything“.
Risk of injury
“I’m not against the attitude of the riders Rivola concluded. because there are some who know how to regulate themselves and others who go further, like Marquez did. This is not good, the pilots must be stopped. Are we aware of the damage that has been done and are we only at the first race? If we don’t put a stop to it, someone will get really hurt, and this is hardly a show. Maverick? He did an amazing race, it was a weekend in which I knew she would do well. It makes us look forward with confidence“.
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