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MotoGP teams against ‘ridiculous’ F1 double points

“For me it is ridiculous rule. I think it's something that Formula One will cancel next year"
The factory Honda, Yamaha and Ducati teams would not want to see this year's F1 points system used to spice up MotoGP.

F1 has controversially introduced double points for the final round in Abu Dhabi, effectively guaranteeing a championship showdown. By contrast, Honda's Marc Marquez wrapped up this year's MotoGP title with three rounds still remaining.

“Double points for the last race, personally I don't like it,” said Marquez's Repsol Honda team manager Livio Suppo. “A championship is, here, 18 races. Honestly I can't see why - ok I understand for the show - but if you are the rider or the driver that loses the championship because of bad luck in the last race? I don't think it's fair.”

If the current MotoGP points system was to be modified, Suppo suggested being able to drop some of the worst results.

“I would prefer to have - like in the past, especially with 18 races - that you can take away the worst two results. It would be more fair. For example Dani [Pedrosa] got zero points in Phillip Island which was not his fault.

"I know [the problem with this system] is that right until the end you don't know the real championship ranking, because of what can happen in the last race. But this would create a better show anyway, with a more reasonable balance.”

Yamaha Racing managing director Lin Jarvis was even stronger in his condemnation of the double points concept.

“For me it is ridiculous rule,” Jarvis said. “I think it's something that Formula One will cancel next year. I don't think it's popular with the drivers or the teams. A world championship starts in March, finishes in November and everything should count.

“I think that to have one race that should suddenly count double, when races as we know can be unpredictable. You can get taken out at the first corner, not due to your own fault. It doesn't make sense to have that [points] imbalance at the last race.”

Ducati Corse sporting director Paolo Ciabatti agreed: “Not have much to add - I don't like the idea of double points at the last race.”

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