MotoGP, Agostini: "Marquez was stupid, but he doesn't deserve to be disqualified"

Crutchlow wins in Argentina, whilst Marquez takes out Rossi

Miller with his enviable grid position was able to hold lap one but an aggressive Marquez took the lead on the second, only to be deemed a ride-though, dropping him to 19th place, taking him well out of the battle for pole position.

He said: "Honestly speaking I don't care, I'm just focussed on my box and I know what happened".

"He shouldn't be disqualified, he was already punished in the race", Agostini said of Marquez.

"But from Friday morning, he make like this with [Maverick] Vinales, [Andrea] Dovizioso, he make like this with me in Saturday morning-and today in the race he go straight to four riders, because he do [es it] purposely". "It was unacceptable, unsafe and deserves a very strong penalty", he told MotoGP.com after the race. If all the riders race like this, this will become a very unsafe sport and it will finish in a bad way. In total, Marquez receives an incredible three penalties throughout the race, so despite being the fastest man on the track, has an extreme battle on his hands to win this one.

"I'm not race direction - they will decide - but like this he is destroying our sport, because when you do 300-kilometre an hour on the track, you have to have respect for your rivals".

Agostini then turns his attention to the post-race episode: "We could have done without Marquez's risky move, he made a mistake and went to apologise, though his apologies were not accepted". Finally, he was penalized 30 seconds due to the incident with Rossi.

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"Whilst we respect Race Direction's decision to impose a 30sec-penalty on Marquez, we feel his risky riding style should be further discouraged for safety reasons and for the sake of the sport". However, in his attempt to make up for the lost positions, Marquez went a bit overboard as he was involved in a clash with Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro.

"For sure, the rider acted on what he thought and what he believed", said Puig.

"Always I try to avoid". I saw the penalty and, to be safe, gave up two positions, not just one, before starting to push again. The line was dry but I hit a wet patch and locked the front, released the brake and there was contact. It was a racing incident as happened earlier with Zarco and Dani, and then with Petrucci and Aleix.

In another interview with Virgin Radio, Agostini said Marquez was "stupid" but feels it is too easy to not understand the "tension" a rider is going through when they are fighting through the field.

Briton's Cal Crutchlow won the race by a quarter of a second from France's Johann Zarco. Marquez was up right at the front, but would take out Valentino Rossi again on the final corner.

The race start was delayed for safety reasons amid farcical scenes, with rain before the event leaving all riders except Miller on wet weather tyres.

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