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Fine for Sepang organisers after wet track mistake

Fine for Sepang organisers after wet track mistake in first Moto2 practice.
Race Direction has imposed a fine of 15,000 Euros after marshals failed to warn the Moto2 riders of a wet parch of track at the start of this morning's first practice session at Sepang in Malaysia.

Several riders fell due to the unexpected track conditions, causing a broken collarbone for Bradley Smith and forcing title contender Marc Marquez to sit out the afternoon session after landing heavily on his shoulder.

The full FIM statement is as follows:

"On Friday 21st October at the beginning of the Moto2 Free Practice (FP1) the flag marshals didn't display the appropriate flag at turn 10 where the track was completely wet creating a very dangerous situation for the riders, which is an infringement to the Art. 1.22.1 of the FIM Road World Championship Grand Prix Regulations. According to article 1.6.5.C. the Race Direction has decided to impose to the organiser a fine of 15.000 euros. No appeal has been lodged. The decision of the Race Direction is final."



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Race direction are a team that follow the Motogp to every circuit. The marshals are under the circuits' race organisers, the fine imposed by Race direction will be paid by the race organisers for Sepang, the circuit chief being Razlan Razali. The safety car that circulated before practice would have communicated the tracks conditions to the race organisers, not race direction. This occured at Phillip Island & it was a declared wet race, hence the riders being able to swap bikes while the race continued. Unfortunately the communication wasn't given to the Marshals, nor did they react how they should of showing initiative to wave flags as they know they should be doing.



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