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Dovizioso, Barbera handed first MotoGP Penalty Points
28 June 2013
MotoGP's new Penalty Points system, to punish bad behaviour, was used for the first time at Assen on Friday.
Avintia CRT rider Hector Barbera was deemed to have impeded factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso on the racing line during qualifying, after which the Italian kicked Barbera's bike.
As a result both riders were given one Penalty Point by Race Direction for their actions
"I made a mistake and I didn't have to kick him," said Dovizioso. "He has done this one hundred times with all the riders. I don't want to make an excuse but my T1 was better and he intentionally tried to stop me. That was the reason why I was really angry.
"Every rider has been angry with him because unfortunately the CRT bikes have less power and they try and stop the fast riders in the middle of the lap so they can start the lap together. It's bad because if you want to follow somebody there's no problem but you don't have to disturb the faster rider. You need to be on the right side and then try and follow the faster rider."
Dovizioso added that he accepted the decision of Race Direction.
"We spoke with race direction and they gave us both one point and I think it's OK," said Dovizioso. "I made a mistake and it was something that no one should do."
Barbera will start Saturday's race from 14th and Dovizioso 15th after both failed to make the Q2 cut.
Race Direction can sanction a rider with between 1 and 10 Penalty Points. Points accumulate during the season with punishments given if 4 points (back of grid start), 7 points (pit lane start) and 10 points (disqualification) are reached.
F1 is to introduce a similar system for 2014.