Officials: Marquez Bike Swap at Sachsenring LegalBy: Oriol Puigdemont Marc Marquez's pitstop during the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring this...
By: Oriol Puigdemont
Marc Marquez's pitstop during the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring this weekend has been ruled legal after the IRTA (International Road-Racing Teams Association) examined the telemetry of the Spanish rider's bike.
Following some videos that appeared online where one of Marquez's mechanics was seen holding the clutch, Danny Aldridge, IRTA's technical director, asked HRC for the data to confirm that the move was legal following a rule change.
As soon as the race ended, Aldridge visited the HRC garage and asked for the telemetry from the bike with which Marquez went on to take his fourth successive MotoGP win at the Sachsenring.
There was a suspicion in some quarters, based on a video circulated on the internet that showed Marquez's bike swap from an aerial perspective, that the team had already engaged first gear on the second RC213V. In the video, mechanic Jordi Castella - the man in charge of holding the bike with which Marquez would rejoin the track - can be seen holding the clutch. Holding the clutch is not illegal, but having a gear engaged would have been against the rules.
However, a closer look at the video posted on social media makes it clear that it is the rider who engages first gear right as he lands on the bike - a move confirmed by IRTA, which says it now considers the matter to be closed.