Giacomo Agostini, 15 times a MotoGP champion, believes that Marc Marquez shouldn’t face a race ban following an eventful Argentinean GP on Sunday.
Marquez attracted criticism from riders and fans alike as he battled his way through the field following a pit lane penalty for riding the wrong way down the track during the starting procedure.
The Honda man then made contact with several riders as he fought his way back to an eventual fifth place finish, although was excluded as a result of pushing Valentino Rossi off at Turn 13, causing the Italian to slide off his M1 Yamaha and finish out of the points.
Turn 13 was also where Marquez ran Aleix Espargaro wide, also narrowly missing the KTM of Bradley Smith at the corner a few laps later. The reigning world champion would also have minor incidents with Takaaki Nakagami and Franco Morbidelli.
The MotoGP legend agrees that Marquez rode too aggressively and that he would do well to approach races with more patience in the future.
“He was passing all of them, he could even wait for the next turn that perhaps he was better prepared for overtaking, while he thought he was staying inside but he did not make it.”
Agostini however believes that calls for Marquez to miss at least the next race are going too far, the 122-time grand prix winner believing that the 30-second time penalty awarded to the Spaniard is punishment enough.
“Marquez was wrong and he apologized, we hope he will not do it again. However, he must not be disqualified, he was already punished yesterday in the race.”
Agostini also thinks that comments from Valentino Rossi after the race are painting Marquez in too negative a light, pointing out that Marquez was not the only rider to attempt overly-aggressive moves during the race.
“It is not true as Rossi says that Marquez is aiming at the rider’s leg; now they are all a bit nervous and everyone is exaggerating,” said Agostini.
“What happened between Marquez and Rossi happened to everyone, it happened to me, it happened to Valentino Rossi, it always happened. In this race also to Zarco, who threw out Pedrosa.”