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MotoGP Italian GP

Bagnaia penalised for Alex Marquez incident in Mugello MotoGP practice

MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia has been slapped with a grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix following an irresponsible riding incident with Alex Marquez in practice.

In the closing stages of second practice at Mugello on Friday afternoon, Gresini’s Alex Marquez was forced to abort a flying lap when he came across a slow Bagnaia on the approach to Turn 12.

Alex Marquez was enraged by this and vented his frustrations to Bagnaia on his bike as the pair rounded the corner.

Both riders secured a place directly into Saturday’s Q2 qualifying, with Bagnaia leading second practice.

However, he will be forced to drop three places on the grid for Sunday’s Italian GP at Mugello. The penalty will not apply for the sprint.

Ducati and Bagnaia lodged an appeal against the penalty, but this was rejected by the stewards.

Prior to the penalty, Bagnaia says he saw no blue flags warning him of Alex Marquez approaching behind and feels the Gresini rider’s actions were typical.

“Yeah, like always,” he said of Alex Marquez’s outburst. “I was, first of all, without blue flags and then I was out of the line, I braked more in front to be out [of the way] and like always he’s a good showman.

“So, he did this kind of gesturing on his bike. Like always.”

For his part, Alex Marquez says he was being held up by Bagnaia from the second sector of that lap.

“Well, I was coming on a hot lap, improving my lap times,” Alex Marquez said. “I saw Pecco in front from sector two being really slow in the middle of the track.

“I was expecting him to watch behind to see me, but he never did it. Going into Turn 12 he was completely in the middle of the line, on the racing line.

“I was able to avoid him, but I had to cut the throttle. So, for me, it’s quite clear what happened.”

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When it was put to him that Bagnaia felt he overreacted, Alex Marquez added: “He also said he was out of the line. It’s not true. I will not say any more. He knows what happened, I know what happened. That’s it.”

Because this was a first offence for Bagnaia, a three-place grid drop is the lightest penalty he could have received.

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