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MotoGP Riders Asked About Their Opinion Regarding On-Track Clashes

MotoGP riders have been consulted about how they see particular track incidents from the past races and what their opinions are as far as the penalties that must be handed go.
Rossi and Marquez at Sepang, 2015 1 photo
At the most recent IRTA test at Phillip Island in Australia, the riders were offered USB sticks containing 20 incidents that they were supposed to watch as many times as they felt like, and then make a decision regarding how these questionable actions should be judged.

Even more, alongside providing their own point of view as to what happened during these races, the MotoGP riders were asked to indicate the most suitable penalties for each case.

Then, they would anonymously return the USB drives to the Grand Prix Commission for further analysis. It appears that Dorna is trying to put up a new methodology for making the most appropriate decisions in such iffy cases, and it's hard to assess the situation better than the riders themselves can do it. What answers did they provide and how much of this info will be implemented in the new way race incidents are to be judged remains to be seen.A new approach to the disciplinary measures in MotoGP
We reported on many other occasions about how Dorna, the rights holders to the MotoGP championship, is trying to upgrade the sport, or at least, certain sporting aspects. A new panel was created, and it will deal solely with such matters.

Race Director Mike Webb was confirmed to head the new disciplinary body, and he will be aided by two stewards. His duties as a Race Director will be catered by his deputy Graham Webber.

According to gp-inside, among the 20 track incidents we will find the Assen 2015 clash between Rossi and Marquez, but not the Sepang one. Apparently, the subject is still too hot for Dorna to handle, as we said repeatedly.

Unfortunately, it looks like it is a tad too late to make amends in this case, and the issue will be taken to the track when the season opens. Knowing that there are three people who are now watching out for any rule-breaking will most likely force certain riders to act in a more sensible manner, but one thing is sure: 2016 looks like a terrific season for MotoGP!


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