Motorcycling: Marquez escapes grid penalty in Sepang over Aragon crash
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - MotoGP front runner Marc Marquez escaped a grid penalty on Thursday over a high-speed collision, boosting his chances of extending his motorcycling world championship lead this week in Malaysia.
Officials handed the 20-year-old rookie one penalty point for contact with Dani Pedrosa, which sent his fellow Spaniard crashing out of last month's Aragon Grand Prix.
But Marquez avoided the heavier fine of two penalty points, which would have forced him to start at the back of the Malaysian Grand Prix grid on Sunday.
As well as the one-point penalty, which brings his season total to three, he was stripped of the constructors' points earned for his victory at Aragon.