MotoGP penalties for all classes – a list

This year has seen the debut of MotoGP’s new points system, where bad riding and thoughtlessness were to be punished accordingly. This is something I plan to look at in detail after the final round at Valencia, but ahead of that, for those who are curious here’s where the penalty points went so far this season, though no-one has managed to hit enough points for the lowest sanction of a back of the grid start:

 

Format = race – rider – class – points awarded – reason (all events in race unless stated otherwise)

  • Jerez – Rafid Topan Sucipto – Moto2 – 1 – Did not respect the blue flag
  • Catalunya – Maverick Vinales – Moto3 – 1 – Riding in the opposite direction in the pit lane in qualifying
  • Assen – Andrea Dovizioso – MotoGP – 1 – Striking another rider in qualifying
  • Assen – Hector Barbera – MotoGP – 1 – Riding slowly on the racing line causing obstruction to another rider in qualifying
  • Brno – Andrea Iannone – MotoGP – 1- Riding slowly on the racing line causing obstruction to another rider in qualifying
  • Silverstone – Marc Marquez – MotoGP – 2 – Did not respect the Yellow Flag for Crutchlow crash in warm up
  • Misano – Ricky Cardus – Moto2 – 2 – Did not respect the Yellow Flag in qualifying
  • Aragon – Alessandro Tonucci  – Moto3 – 1 – Riding slowly on the racing line causing obstruction to another rider in qualifying
  • Aragon – Sandro Cortese – Moto2 – 1 –  Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider.
  • Aragon – Marc Marquez – MotoGP – 1 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider.
  • Sepang – Maverick Vinales – Moto3 – 1 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider.
  • Sepang – Pol Espargaro – Moto2 – 1 – Irresponsible riding, crossing the track in front of riders in the Practice Start zone
  • Motegi – Jack Miller – Moto3 – 2 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider (Masbou)
  • Motegi – Isaac Vinales –  Moto3 – 1 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider (Salom)
  • Motegi – Damian Cudlin – MotoGP – 1 – Did not respect the blue flag when lapped by Lorenzo

By total points accrued :

  • Marc Marquez – 3
  • Maverick Vinales – 2
  • Jack Miller – 2
  • Andrea Dovizioso – 1
  • Andrea Iannone – 1
  • Hector Barbera – 1
  • Pol Espargaro – 1
  • Sandro Cortese 1
  • Alessandro Tonucci -1
  • Rafid Topan Sucipto -1
  • Isaac Vinales – 1
  • Damian Cudlin 1

Penalty List:

  • 4 points – start at back of the grid
  • 7 points – pit lane start, 10 seconds after field
  • 10 points – disqualification from next race

The points all get wiped at the end of the season. So 2014 is started afresh, with no penalties carried over.

If anyone can enlighten me as to why Miller got handed a heavier penalty for the contact I’d be interested to hear the logic, but that is just one of many points you could pick out of the list when discussing how/when/if the penalty points has been implemented well (fairly or otherwise!)

More people willing to risk the wrath of race direction in the later races too, so let’s see if we have any (pretty pointless) additions after Valencia…

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