MotoGP plans harsher penalties after clashes such as Marquez/Rossi

MotoGP stewards are to impose harsher penalties for dangerous riding from now on, following the incident-strewn Argentiian Grand Prix

MotoGP plans harsher penalties after clashes such as Marquez/Rossi

Tougher measures were agreed to during Friday evening's Safety Commission meeting at Austin, which was attended by the majority of the field following the controversy surrounding Marc Marquez's aggressive riding at Termas de Rio Hondo.

The world champion, recovering from an earlier ride-through penalty, was ordered to drop a place after making contact with Aleix Espargaro and was then given a 30-second time penalty for a clash with Valentino Rossi that caused the Italian to crash.

Espargaro was also hit by Danilo Petrucci in Argentina, sparking a bitter war of words with the Pramac team on social media, while Dani Pedrosa was thrown from his bike and injured after being forced out wide by Johann Zarco on the opening lap of the race.

Jorge Lorenzo in particular argued that such actions were the fault of stewards for not doing enough to deter bad behaviour, and now consensus has been reached to punish dangerous riding more severely.

"We have agreed that from now on more severe sanctions will be imposed," said Suzuki rider Alex Rins.

KTM rider Pol Espargaro added: "The sanctions will be toughened up more. Each of us gave our opinion and Dorna listened to us.

"They have repeated to us that from now on things will be done in a more precise way and that tougher measures will be imposed. The harder the sanctions, the less sanctions there will be."

Espargaro said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta made it clear to the riders in the Safety Commission that the FIM stewards, who are responsible for deciding punishments, are ready to clamp down.

"Carmelo has told us that the stewards are already informed and that they will be tougher," added Espargaro.

"But imposing the sanctions remains the work of the stewards and the FIM. Dorna doesn't want to take sides and wants to stay neutral."

shares
comments
Valentino Rossi leads furious MotoGP riders' Austin track criticism
Previous article

Valentino Rossi leads furious MotoGP riders' Austin track criticism

Next article

MotoGP Austin: Honda rider Marquez dominates rain-hit FP3

MotoGP Austin: Honda rider Marquez dominates rain-hit FP3
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes Plus

Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022
How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood Plus

How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood

Wayne Rainey, who’s paralysed from the chest down, will ride his 1992 500cc world championship-winning bike again at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The American motorcycle legend explains how he's preparing to thrill on his first visit to the famed hillclimb

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2022