During one of the most tumultuous seasons in the history of the series, the body that is supposed to steady the MotoGP ship and ensure that the code of conduct between riders is respected, is coming up short.
A lack of consistency in the criteria being followed lately by the FIM Stewards has been met with a wave of criticism from riders in all three categories. Complaints are nothing new, but rarely have they been so multiple and so unanimous as they have been during the back-to-back rounds at the Red Bull Ring.
The target for the flak has been the FIM Stewards Panel, presided over by three-time motorcycle world champion Freddie Spencer. 'Fast Freddie' was brought in to replace Mike Webb as part of a restructuring in 2019, designed so that Race Direction (Dorna) would no longer play a part in the sanctioning process.