2013 MotoGP: Marquez Receives 2 Penalty Points, Crash Data Released

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Things could have gone very bad for a lot of people past Sunday morning during the warm-up session at Silverstone, UK as Marc Marquez failed to slow down at the yellow flag the circuit marshals quickly displayed after Cal Crutchlow's crash.
While the marshals were picking up Cal's bike, Marquez also lost control of his Repsol Honda and came in crashing violently into the Tech3 Yamaha machine. The marshals managed to get out of the way only a second or so before the impact, and thankfully nobody was hurt, save for Marquez himself.

Race Direction decided that the circuit personnel was put in too great a danger than necessary by Marquez' action (or lack of it), and handed him a 2-point penalty.

During his fall, he dislocated his left shoulder, under the force of a 22.55g impact. As they have already done before, Alpinestars surfaced the data recorded by his in-suit airbag system.

Pretty much like when the rookie crashed at 340 km/h (210 mph) earlier this year at Mugello, the Alpinestars safety system detected the loss of control and imminent crash 65 thousandths of a second before airbag deployment, with the actual crash following after another 0.055 seconds.

Luckily, things went less horrible than they could have, and hopefully Marquez learned a new lesson about why it's better to comply with the marshals' flag indications.
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