Race Direction Get Tough On Towing: Grid Penalties, Points, Loss Of Warm Up Handed Out To 17 Riders, New Moto3 Grid Made

Race Direction has come down hard on riders dawdlilng on the racing line looking for a tow. Punishments have been handed out to a grand total of 17 riders in all three classes.

Punishment is particularly harsh in Moto3. The 11 riders who were caught waiting on the racing line were all given a penalty of 3 grid positions, basically all moving them back one row on the grid. Among the offenders are some high-profile names, including Enea Bastianini, currently second in the Moto3 title chase and who originally qualified 2nd on the grid. Bastianini has been moved back to 5th, Andrea Locatelli is bumped back to 9th, Jorge Navarro starts in 11th, Niklas Ajo in 13th, Jakub Kornfeil in 21st, John McPhee in 23rd, Hiroki Ono in 26th, Ana Carrasco in 27th, Maria Herrera in 31st, and Andrea Migno in 35th and dead last. The new Moto3 grid is shown below.

The loss of grid position is not the only punishment they face. All 11 Moto3 riders will also be forced to sit out the first 10 minutes of warm up on Sunday morning, losing them valuable set up and practice time. The goal of such a drastic measure is to try to drive home a lesson that even a stiff talking to at Assen had not helped make clear. Race Direction is being particularly heavy handed to send out a message which the riders will immediately feel.

The punishments in Moto2 and MotoGP are less severe. Simone Corsi, Sandro Cortese, Thomas Luthi and Xavier Simeon were all handed a single penalty point in Moto2, while Mike Di Meglio also received a penalty point in MotoGP. As a repeat offender, Hector Barbera was given 2 penalty points, as the price of having a reputation for looking for a tow.

Whether harsher penalties will improve behavior remains to be seen. We will have to wait until Indianapolis to see what effect they have.

The new Moto3 grid is now as follows:

  No. Rider Bike Time
1 52 Danny Kent Honda 1'26.420
2 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1'26.941
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 1'26.968
4 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1'27.005
5 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'26.939
6 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1'27.160
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'27.313
8 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'27.355
9 55 Andrea Locatelli Honda 1'27.130
10 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1'27.356
11 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1'27.253
12 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1'27.378
13 31 Niklas Ajo KTM 1'27.334
14 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'27.536
15 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'27.567
16 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 1'27.653
17 32 Isaac Viñales Husqvarna 1'27.496
18 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 1'27.828
19 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'27.863
20 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1'27.887
21 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1'27.714
22 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1'28.074
23 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'27.857
24 58 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra 1'28.103
25 2 Remy Gardner Mahindra 1'28.160
26 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 1'27.921
27 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1'28.031
28 29 Stefano Manzi Mahindra 1'28.171
29 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 1'28.211
30 12 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 1'28.227
31 6 Maria Herrera Husqvarna 1'28.162
32 91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'28.535
33 97 Maximilian Kappler FTR Honda 1'29.750
34 45 Jonas Geitner KTM 1'30.011
35 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'28.232

Decision of Race Direction, Sachsenring, (GER)

Riders: (All in Moto3 Class)

#6 Herrera, #9 Navarro, #16 Migno, #17 McPhee, #22 Carrasco, #31 Ajo, #32 Viñales, #33 Bastianini, #55 Locatelli, #76 Ono, #84 Kornfeil

Infringement:

On 11 July 2015 during final minutes of the Moto3 Qualifying session of the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, these riders were riding slowly close to the racing line, thereby disturbing other riders. This directly contravenes the instructions given at the riders briefing on March 26, the reminder notice to riders issued on April 30, and specifically contravenes the instructions given at the Moto3 rider’s briefing on 24 June at Assen.

It is considered to be irresponsible riding causing danger to other competitors and is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

Hearing:

All riders were requested to attend a hearing with the Race Direction. They attended the hearing with team representatives and acknowledged the facts presented.

Decision:

For the above motive, Race Direction has decided to impose on each of the above named riders a grid penalty of 3 places and further to impose a suspension from the first 10 minutes of the Warm Up session for the 2015 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, according to Article 3.2.1. of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.

No appeals were presented, the decision of Race Direction is final.


Decision of Race Direction, Sachsenring, (GER)

Moto2 Category

Riders: #3 Corsi, #11 Cortese, #12 Luthi, #19 Simeon

On 11 July 2015 at 15.49 in Turn 1 (Corsi) and the Turn 13 braking area (Cortese, Luthi, Simeon) during the Moto2 Qualifying session of the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the above riders were riding slowly close to the racing line, thereby disturbing other riders. This directly contravenes the instructions given at the Riders Briefing on March 26, and the reminder notice to riders issued on April 30.

It is considered to be irresponsible riding causing danger to other competitors and is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

The decision of Race Direction is to impose the addition of 1 Penalty Point to the record of riders #3 Corsi, #11 Cortese, #12 Luthi, #19 Simeon, according to Article 3.2.1. of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.

No appeal has been presented, the decision of Race Direction is final.

MotoGP category

Riders: #8 Barbera, #63 Di Meglio

On 11 July 2015 in the Turn 13 braking area during the MotoGP FP3 session of the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the above riders were observed riding slowly close to the racing line, thereby disturbing other riders. This directly contravenes the instructions given at the Riders Briefing on March 26, and the reminder notice to riders issued on April 30.

It is considered to be irresponsible riding causing danger to other competitors and is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

The decision of Race Direction is to impose the addition of 1 Penalty Point to the record of rider #63 Di Meglio, and 2 Penalty Points to the record of rider #8 Barbera (due to the number of times he committed the offence), according to Article 3.2.1. of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.

No appeal has been presented, the decision of Race Direction is final.

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Comments

Stoner would be well pleased to hear this; his campaign for action on this extremely dangerous practice was relentless (and personally expensive).

His exasperation boiled over - as we know- with the de Puniet incident, for which he was fined EU 5,000 by Race Direction. Despite the fact that de Puniet - decently - stated that he was entirely at fault and Stoner should NOT be fined. Stoner considered it a good investment for trying to get Race Direction to recognise that loitering on the race line is extremely dangerous - to both the loiterer and the loiteree.

Mike Webb recognises that -evidently. That is a major step forward for rider safety from the opinion of the previous Race Director, who seemed to see gp racing as some sort of rollerball...

& race direction finally do something about this severely dangerous activity. It's been getting continuously worse and it's only a matter of luck and time before somebody gets injured because of it. I believe it's going to take more than these penalties before the offending riders learn it won't be tolerated. I hope that Franco (Uncini) and Loris (Capirossi) are being vocal about this matter as well with their responsibilities as safety officers. One mistake with towing could easily be fatal or career ending. Motorcycle Russian Roulette.