US Pol Espargaro accuses Alex Marquez: "Could have ended in tragedy"

22:25  17 october  2020
22:25  17 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Pol Espargaro accuses Alex Marquez after the collision with brother Aleix Espargaro - The Honda driver was slowly on the ideal line in the home corner

Towards the end of qualifying for the Grand Prix There was a collision between brothers in MotorLand Aragon (Spain). Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) drove a little slowly in the target corner around the middle of the circuit. Pol Espargaro (KTM) came from behind and was faster. He tried to evade and crashed into his brother's right-hand side in the motorcycle.

Honda rider Alex Marquez wasn't directly involved in the collision, but he was way out of this corner. At least that is what the television pictures suggested. "I don't know exactly what happened," says Alex Marquez about the situation. "I saw it on TV."

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"I wanted to position myself behind Vinales, but then I saw Pol and Aleix coming. I didn't want to be in the middle of the track, so I made a wide arc." That explains why Marquez is seen outside in the TV picture.

"I think", continues the reigning Moto2 world champion, "both of them went a little too far because they were a little late on the brakes. Aleix took off the accelerator and Pol came from behind. This is not a penalty for me . "

So far no statement from the race stewards.

The race management wanted to investigate the situation after qualifying. But neither Alex Marquez nor Aleix Espargaro had to go to the race stewards around Freddie Spencer. So far, no punishment has been communicated.

Contact between the two brothers! @AleixEspargaro and @PolEspagaro find themselves on the same piece of race track! #AragonGP pic.twitter.com/EkHZ8yjI0O

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Aleix Espargaro comments on the situation as follows: "Alex Marquez was in the middle of the track. I had to park the bike so I could take him didn't score. That's how Pol hit me. I attacked this lap and had my best split time in the first sector. "

"In the last corner Alex was in the middle of the line. Maybe I was a bit far because I risked everything on the brakes. To avoid the collision, I had to park the bike and Pol hit me."

Aleix Espargaro: "We get there at 350 km / h"

After explaining the course of the situation, Aleix Espargaro finds clear words for Alex Marquez: "I don't understand how someone in MotoGP hits the middle of this last corner the line when we come shot at 350 km / h. "

Aleix Espargaro © Provided by motorsport.com Aleix Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro pulled a swollen right ankle

Photo: Motorsport Images

Aleix Espargaro's right leg was also caught in the collision: "My brother hit me very hard, including mine Ankle. Nothing is broken, but the ankle is swollen. " He hopes that won't be a problem for the race.

Pol Espargaro found the clearest words about this situation: "The race management saw what had happened and questioned us. I was stopped worst. That was a very, very dangerous action and almost ended in tragedy."

He doesn't want to say more about it: "I don't want to talk about it so that my words aren't twisted. I don't want to have any problems. The race management will decide. It's not up to me, but if there is justice, then it will be for make changes tomorrow. "

With images from Motorsport Images .

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