Hiroshi Aoyama has been handed one penalty point by Race Direction for striking a marshal on the arm during Saturday morning practice at Motegi.

The incident (see Aoyama's right arm below) occurred after the Japanese fell from his Aspar Honda.

"On Saturday 11 October during the MotoGP FP3 session of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, following a crash the rider #7 Hiroshi Aoyama struck a marshal on the arm whilst he was recovering his motorcycle in the runoff area," said an FIM statement.

"This is considered to be an action prejudicial to the interests of the sport and is therefore an infringement of Article 3.3.1.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

Related Articles

"A Race Direction hearing was held with the rider in attendance.

"The decision of Race Direction is to impose the addition of One Penalty Point to the record of rider #7 Hiroshi Aoyama, according to Article 3.3.1.3 of the 2014 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.

"No appeal was lodged.

"The decision of Race Direction is final."

Penalty points accumulate with punishments given once 4 points (back of the grid start at next race), 7 points (pit lane start at next race) and 10 points (disqualification from next race) are reached.

Aoyama later qualified in 18th place.