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New '10 points and you're out' penalty system to punish bad behavior in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3

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TalentFan

December 22, 2012 9:56 PM

I'm happy to see some attempt at a system to penalise riders who do something clearly stupid and dangerous. Agree though that fair, consistent and intelligent application of penalties is the real key issue.

Marquez is a good example to choose, as he has a fair bit of 'previous' (and the paltry slaps on the wrists he's had so far doesn't seem to changed his attitude one bit).

There IS a difference between clean , hard racing and lunatic & dangerous antics. People seem to forget the victims - no-one mentions Ratapak Wilairot. Marquez's crazy antics could easily have ended RW's career, crippled or even killed him. As it was it put RW in hospital and off a bike for quite a while. Imagine the furore if MM took out a big name? There'd be a lot more fist-waving and calls for his head then eh?

Dickydingbat - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 10:50 PM

How to kill a sport.
With these rules, Rossi would be penalised for the Laguna round with Casy. How much fun is this going to be. It about time the Majority had a voice instead of the Minority.

RSMick

December 23, 2012 4:46 PM

The penalty rules won't make a difference, they won't start handing points out where they wouldn't have penalised before, its just for persistant offenders it will make a difference.

Rossi's move was adjudged to fair ?? so he wouldn't have got any points.

M1M - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 4:20 PM

I don't think they should remove all the accumulated penalty points when a rider reaches the maximum sanction of 10, resulting in a disqualification. If a rider keeps on racking up points, the more incentive there is to change behaviour the better. Instead of wiping the slate, after the first disqualification a rider could maybe restart with 2, then the next time, 3 then 4 points, rather than zero, so a rider knows that if he refuses to change his ways, he's going to accumulate enough points for a penalty sooner than before. After two disqualifications, a rider would have 4 'sticky' points and have to start from the back of the grid for the rest of the season. Of course this assumes points are awarded fairly, but surely a rider whose riding is so bad it gets him 2 disqualifications in one season deserves a lasting penalty.

Objective

December 26, 2012 7:58 AM

This is a stupid decision. If the stewards can't decide when a rider is being reckless enough to suspend him then we need better stewards not a ridiculous point system which will result in many dubious calls and penalises racers who ride hard but fair.

This sounds like the sort of cr@p a committee would come up with - a watered down bunch of compromises that tries to make everyone happy but ends up making everyone unhappy.

professor-x - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 2:37 AM

good call Objective, if anything this excuses poor behavior by creating a graduated system to account for stupidity, instead of throwing out a black flag or suspending a rider all the rider has to do is worry about their naughty points total, so instead of getting 3 race suspension or being suspended 2-4 times after having acted stupidly enough someone can get banned for 1 race.

Must be pretty desperate to make sure MM can score as many points in order to stay as far up the order as possible. At least MM isnt getting his own bike this year .... Maybe bridgestone will make a special for him though ... lol. Manufactured racing at its best.

Watch out for the difference in race pace between Dani and MM next year, it will be telling if MM starts outlasting Dani by a good margin.

Marc - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 3:49 PM

Instead of points for bad behavior how about a two place reduction for that race and warning for 1st offence then next time a disqulification for one race and any other serious offence garners another dq.

CRT - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 4:37 PM

@ Must be pretty desperate to make sure MM can score as many points in order to stay as far up the order as possible. At least MM isnt getting his own bike this year .... Maybe bridgestone will make a special for him though ... lol. Manufactured racing at its best.

Watch out for the difference in race pace between Dani and MM next year, it will be telling if MM starts outlasting Dani by a good margin.
Posted by professor-x

Make sure you are wearing your tin foil hat when watching the races Charles.

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