Despite strict instructions being issued to the Moto3 riders after Aragon, warning them of severe sanctions should they be found waiting on the racing line, the problem reared its ugly head again in qualifying at Motegi. As a result, Race Direction felt compelled to act, imposing severe penalties on four riders in Moto3. Four riders were penalized for going slowly, officially for riding slower than 110% of their fastest times through three sectors on one lap.
Race Direction's punishments were particularly painful this weekend. Two of the men on the front row, Miguel Oliveira in 2nd and Jorge Navarro who qualified 3rd, received penalties which moved them back three places on the grid, taking from the first to the second row. Jakub Kornfeil was also punished for the same offence, dropping from 8th to 11th, while Alexis Masbou was bumped from 19th to 22nd on the grid.
The penalties for Oliveira and Navarro have had a big impact on the starting order. With both men bumped off the front row, Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini move up onto the front row, Antonelli in 2nd, Bastianini in 3rd. Danny Kent also benefits, but only moves from 6th to 4th, not gaining an extra starting row in the process.
The revised Moto3 grid is shown below. This supersedes the order the riders finished in qualifying.
|Pos||No||Rider||Bike||Time||Pos before penalty|
|16||48||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Husqvarna||1'57.635|