June 29, 2015
You be the steward: Track Limits
The Doctor go it back with three laps remaining but everyone knew Marquez would have a go at him: it happened in the last quarter mile of the race.
Marquez made a lunge on the inside of the chicane, Valentino turned in on him but then bailed cutting across the gravel, possibly avoiding a collision and winning the race.
Moto GP, has regulations regarding track limits but like many other series, the enforcement of that regulation is open to subjective interpretation.
Moto GP decided to let the results stand, Honda, no surprise, protested.
After the race, Rossi said he was bumped, video shows there was no contact. Marquez said he would have won had Valentino not cut the corner, video and logic would seem to be against him.
The only thing that's certain is Valentino cut across the gravel, a riding feat one might argue worthy of the win in and of itself but certainly, beyond track limits.
How would you have called it?