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Moto2: Elias punished for Misano test

Moto2 title leader Toni Elias has been banned from Friday practice at Brno for testing at Misano last Sunday.

The Gresini Moriwaki team didn't attempt to hide the test, stating in their official Brno preview:

'Before traveling to the Czech Republic the team completed a short test with Toni Elias at Misano to complete some work on aerodynamic updates and general set-up of his Moriwaki MD600.'

"The team have not stopped working throughout the summer break and recently completed a test at Misano, working on aerodynamics and set-up, in order to give Toni Elias an even more competitive bike," added team manager Fausto Gresini.

But, apparently unbeknown to the team, that outing broke a ban on testing at GP circuits during the summer break and Elias - who starts this weekend's ninth round of 17 with a 42-point lead over Thomas Luthi - has now been penalised and his team fined.

“On Sunday 8th August 2010 rider Toni Elías (SPA) and Gresini Racing Moto2 team (ITA) practiced at the Misano World Circuit, which is an infringement to the Art. of the 2010 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations," said an FIM statement

“The Race Direction has decided to impose a disqualification of Friday's practice at the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic and a fine of €3,000. No appeal has been lodged. The decision of the Race Direction is final.”

Art. states that teams are forbidden to practice "At any circuit included in the Grand Prix calendar of the current year during breaks".

A 'break' is defined as "two consecutive week-ends where events are not scheduled."

Tagged as: Misano , Brno , Toni Elias , moto2

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August 13, 2010 12:31 PM

Oh chill out! They made a mistake, that's all. Someone forgot the ban (somehow) but they obviously weren't trying to hide it. Innocent mistake- albeit a big mistake. I do think a 1hr practice ban will make a big difference, and I think rather than a fine the best thing to do would be to ban Toni from Friday practice when the championship gets there on 5th September.


August 13, 2010 12:28 PM

How in world could this happen? Gresini is no rookie team - they have been around for a while in the MotoGP paddock. It's a break down in management at every level. I can not believe SOMEONE in that organization didn't know they were not suppose to be testing. This is totally inexcusable. Ignorance is not excuse. I don't see how they are not either excluded from this race or points taken away. Missing a practice session is not a punishment.

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