MotoGP race director Mike Webb has called Andrea Iannone "the luckiest rider I've ever seen" after the Italian narrowly avoided receiving a jump-start penalty at Mugello.

TV pictures showed pole-sitter Iannone moving forward ahead of the rest of the front row in Sunday's 23-lap race. However, while Karel Abraham received a ride-through penalty for clearly jumping a substantial advantage ahead before the red lights went out, Iannone avoided a similar sanction.

As Webb said, Iannone's storming start was more down to luck than judgement having got off the line at the exact moment the lights went out.

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"We had one genuine jump start today from Abraham," he said. "He was clearly out of his box and kept moving. The other controversy was Iannone, who I've got to say was the luckiest rider I've ever seen. He went at exactly the time the red light went out. He can't have judged that. It was his own dumb luck. As he decided to go the red light went out.

"On our jump start camera, we have cameras on every row at 500 frames per second. On one frame the light's red and he's in his box, in the next frame the light's out and he's on his way. I say luck - it's not just judgement. He was very lucky within that tiny time frame the light happened to go out. The bottom line is if there's clear evidence it's a penalty. If there's any doubt about the evidence I can't give a penalty."

Rules regarding handing out penalties for start-line infractions have changed for 2015. As Webb explained, "The previous rule was if the bike is moving before the red light goes out then it's a jump start. So you can have what you had in the past. The red light is on and he accidentally moves forward some centimetres or milimetres, whatever, by mistake, stops again - so the bike's actually stationary - and then the red light goes out and he starts.

"How we wanted to treat that differently from someone who clearly goes before the red light and keeps going. The rule says now as long as you're not moving when the red light goes out, so if you move accidentally before but stop again and are stationary before the red light goes out that's ok.

"Clearly if someone does this - a false start - stops again but has moved two metres that's an advantage and they get a jump start. But if they've moved a centimetre or two it's not an advantage and they've stopped again. That's what the rule change was about."

Abraham was initially unhappy regarding the incident as he felt he received to advantage from his jump.

"I was a little bit nervous and I jumped the start," said Abraham in his pit box after the race. "I'm a little bit confused and disappointed about race direction. I guess my jump-start was too big so I was last into turn one. I didn't gain any position."

Clearly Webb felt he moved a considerable amount when he jumped off the line.

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Silicone:
SoSlo: Ducati has been in the championship for over 10 YEARS and HAS A TITLE...

they are NOT an open team and going that route was sleazy

finally, the Open software IS the ducati software, so the one "negative" that was supposed to come with the choice to go open is not even affective ducati...

so to wrap up, ducati get 10% more fuel, get softer tires, get full development rights, all testing they want, and 12 engines for the season... additionally, they get to run their own software... and they still can't win a race...

GO HONDA !

GO YAMAHA !![\blockquote]

I'm sure that your little drunken rant makes sense to you. Can't say the same for me.[\blockquote]

nothing wrong with his statement. its the truth you can't handle it seems. VW-Ducati are a bunch of loosers, accept the facts

Silicone:
Harryx:
SuperSic:
Harryx: VW-duc have a special class ,VW-Duc are factory for the loosers.
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Ducati tried to be open, Factory 2 was created for them by Honda and Yamaha... They could have all been Open.[\blockquote]

VW-Ducati tried the open ECU and slipped in some extra ducati-features before this. [\blockquote]

Interesting stuff. Any info as to what 'extra Ducati features' were 'slipped in', or are you just being creative again?

Here's something that is for real - the 2016 ECU [\blockquote]

m.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112991. Its not about 2016 it is about the looser class...stick to it.

SuperSic:
Harryx: VW-duc have a special class with Suzuki and Aprilia. Open is another class.VW-Duc are factory for the loosers.
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Ducati tried to be open, Factory 2 was created for them by Honda and Yamaha... They could have all been Open.[\blockquote]

VW-Ducati tried the open ECU and slipped in some extra ducati-features before this. Dorna decided that that was a mis-interpretation of the "spirit" so they were forced, by the "honest" manufactures, to recognize this regulation loophole and quickly make up some "acceptable" solution.

At the moment it is a farce, VW-Ducati is openly misusing their advantages. If they have some pride and stand for competition they would not do this, but they don't care to win honorably...

Silicone:
Harryx: A jump start is in a normal definition is a start that was not based on the lights but on pure anticipation that the lights would go out. This wil give you an advantage in reactiontime. If race direction thinks an advantage of "2cm" is not an issue but 0.2s is?
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An interesting, but unlikely, definition. Good, creative stuff nontheless.
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In Athletics this is the approach. The idea of a correct start is that all wait for a signal ( sound or lights) and then move. If you decide to move before this, be it 1 s. or only 0.2 s it is a false start which means disqualification.

Otherwise, in Iannones case, if a race then is won by 0.05 s . which is not uncommon, the loser was tricked by the false starter.

A jump start is in a normal definition is a start that was not based on the lights but on pure anticipation that the lights would go out. This wil give you an advantage in reactiontime. If race direction thinks an advantage of "2cm" is not an issue but 0.2s is?

since when do we measure in distance? then marquez, from the back of the grid would have won the race if he would have crossed the line in 2nd because his average speed was higher...a nonsense definition by race direction is what I say...

Test IA's reaction time. if it is less then 20ms then passes the test if it is longer it is jumpstart...basta

SuperSic: I don't understand why people are complaining about
They have the option to go open if it's such an advantage...so why haven't they?[\blockquote]

VW-duc have special class with Suzuki and Aprilia. Open is another class.VW-Duc are factory for the loosers. They can use special qualifying engines/mappings to gain an advantage and more fuel. If something breaks they replace the engine. Can develop and test under tace conditions constantly.

Honda and yamaha cannot use this benefit by definition...read the rules.

Even if in the pastDucati was "poor". They are now bigger than Honda . Money is no issue for VW