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My personal opinion, ( and it is just that ) is that the main farsical element was the fact that Bridgestone didn't or couldn't test on the track with a newly laid asphalt resulting in them arriving at the track on race weekend with tyres that were unfit for purpose i.e. a greater build up of heat in the internals of the tyre,
Race control were left with no option apart from trying to find a way to ensure the race was run in a safe manner after the Bridgestone techies had briefed them on tyre life issues and in my opinion, they took the best one, and i am certain that some of the senior riders were consulted for their opinions on the matter,
As to the Marquez black flag, from what i can glean, it was a call made by Marquez and his team, whether they actually believed that they could pit before the start of the eleventh lap and get away with it , we will probably never know, in my opinion, they were trying it on and hoping that the might of honda could over power race direction,
As for the lengthened pit lane speed limit, i think it was a poor idea bordering on dangerous but the clash with Lorenzo was six of one and half dozen the other, He braked too late or too early and ended up on an unexpected line, marquez didnt expect him to be there but he should have checked, as much as you can check when you are wrestling one of those machines .
I think most of the commentators confusion was caused by the penalty for Pedrosa, even Vale was unsure if he was second or third after the race.
Slightly off topic, but the BSB last race was a fitting end to a hard season with the best 2 riders dicing it out in very challenging conditions. And for the you tube / live leak savvy people, Laverty pulled off the best overtake of the year so far on Melandri..And congrats to Sykesy that lad had put in years of mega had graft in adversity to win that title.
As i said above just my opinions ,