Stoner fined for warm-up clash
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, May 15th 2011, 10:04 GMT|
French Grand Prix polesitter Casey Stoner has been fined 5,000 euros by the MotoGP officials for an on-track altercation with Randy de Puniet in this morning's warm-up.
Stoner, who was fastest in the session, was on a quick lap when de Puniet's slower-moving Pramac Ducati crossed into the Honda's path. As he overtake de Puniet, Stoner reached across and appeared to lash out at the Frenchman, who gesticulated angrily in reply.
The race directors immediately announced that the incident would be investigated, and chose to give Stoner the fine. De Puniet was not punished.
The eventful warm-up also saw Jorge Lorenzo's primary Yamaha severely damaged in an early high-side crash that ended with the bike on fire.