The paddock's response to the leniency of the punishment for Toni Elias and the Gresini Moto2 team has been one of puzzlement. After all, for testing during the summer break, a period during which all testing is prohibited, Elias was only punished by being excluded from a single session, and the team handed a 3000 euro fine. That, some said, was a pretty good price to pay: an affordable fine and the loss of 20 laps on a crowded track against some 90 uninterrupted laps on an empty circuit. Such a light penalty might set a precedent, and speculation has been rife that others could follow in Gresini's footsteps.
One of the first names to be suggested as likely to benefit from extra testing was the Rizla Suzuki squad of Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista. The Suzuki GSV-R is suffering from a serious lack of development this year, and could really benefit from extra testing time. Suzuki team boss Paul Denning has previously been rumored to be considering extra testing, and so MotoMatters.com caught up with the Suzuki boss to get his opinion of the punishment for Elias.
Denning disagreed with the belief that the penalty was unnecessary lenient. "I believe it was a genuine mistake," Denning said, "and the penalty is appropriate for a genuine mistake." The problem, Denning explained, was the complex rules which cover testing. "The rules are so complicated about what constitutes a break that they're easy to misinterpret," the Suzuki boss said.
Nor did Denning believe the punishment for Elias and Gresini would set a precedent. "We could already test as much as we like, by putting a 22 liter tank on the bike so it's no longer a legal MotoGP bike," Denning said. "But we don't, because it's about observing the spirit of the rules."