Two Riders To Face FIM Stewards Over Training Infringements

Two unnamed riders have been caught infringing the Grand Prix testing and practice regulations. In a press release issued today, the FIM announced that breaches of the rules had been reported, which would be investigated during hearings to be held at the (re)opening of MotoGP at Jerez, on July 19th.

Though neither the names nor the specific infraction were mentioned in the press release, the wording of the announcement makes clear that the incident involves either Moto2 or Moto3 riders, and that they are accused of having used bikes which were not eligible to be used for training.

Since circuits opened again, and training restarted, riders have flocked to tracks all over the world to get back the feeling of speed. They have taken every opportunity to ride at tracks like Barcelona, Misano, and Jerez, to prepare for the restarting of a packed schedule.

In the frenzy to restart, it appears that two riders have not paid careful attention to the rules and regulations. All practice on a Grand Prix track with a bike of the same make as the rider races in their specific class cannot be of the same capacity.

For Moto2 riders, they are not allowed to practice on a Triumph with an engine within 100cc (bigger or smaller) of of the 765cc motor powering the Moto2 class, which would rule out the previous model of Triumph 675, including the very popular Street Triple.

For Moto3 riders, they are not allowed to practice on the brand they are racing, and a bike within 50cc smaller or larger of the 250cc of the Moto3 class limit. KTM, in particular, makes a lot of engines for Enduro and MX bikes in these capacities, including 250cc four strokes and a 300cc two stroke, though Honda also make 250cc MX and Enduro bikes. If a rider fitted 17-inch wheels to an MX bike and used it on a Grand Prix track, that would count as a violation of the rules.

KTM riders do have an alternative, however: the KTM RC390 falls outside of the rules, and KTM Moto3 riders would be able to use such a bike.

The fact that the press release does not mention names suggests these infractions are only minor, and the riders may get away with only a warning. When Aleix Espargaro was found to be riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with carbon brakes and slick tires while with Suzuki in MotoGP, he was handed a warning and told to put the bike back to standard.

The FIM press release appears below:


FIM Grand Prix World Championship
INFORMATION AND REMINDER

The FIM MotoGP™ Stewards have been advised of possible breaches of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations covering practice and testing, specifically Article 1.15.1. c) Rider Training and Track familiarisation, regarding the type of machines permitted for rider training.

As a reminder and following the decision of the Grand Prix Commission published on 27 May 2020, riders in Moto3 and Moto2 classes are not permitted to make further private testing in 2020 until further notice, the same applies to MotoGP class riders unless they are riding for Manufacturers that qualify for concessions. Practice and testing restrictions for all classes are expressly provided for in Article 1.15.1 of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations, including details of what machines are allowed to be used for Rider Training and Track Familiarisation.

Hearings for riders who may have broken the rules should be scheduled to take place at the 2020 Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, in order to hear from the parties concerned and to allow further time to investigate the details.

At this stage the FIM will not make any further comments on this matter.

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I'm not sure that the wording points to Moto2 & Moto3 that specifically – it includes MotoGP in the next line, only separated off because of the concessions difference. Also, there are rumours about Quartararo...

I appreciate that MotoGP has restrictions on testing and practice days to save costs however I can't help but wonder if it is too restrictive on the riders and delaying their personal development. To be absolutely competitive you have to be so familiar and comfortable on the bike that the limits become intuitive. Most can only actually do that on their actual bike. As good as training is on a motocross or tricked up super bike or super stock (or whatever) is, it's not the same as the MotoGP bike they race. I recall reading somewhere that it takes about a season for most MotoGP riders to get really comfortable on their bikes. Yes the bikes are expensive to run but it costs a lot to have a good rider for a year. Perhaps if they could ride their bikes more for training and practice they would be more competitive and higher value to their teams and sponsors. Let them have more of the tyres they race with, let them have carbon discs, let them be able to have the tools to be their best.