Grand prix riders will no longer be able to use scooters for track familiarisation on the eve of each MotoGP weekend.

The ban follows an accident for CIP Moto3 team-mates Tatsuki Suzuki and Fabio Spiranelli, who fell from their shared scooter at Turn 7 on Thursday at Sepang, leaving the Italian with a nasty cut to his leg.

Riders were required to wear a helmet while on a scooter, but not any other protective clothing.

MotoGP race director Mike Webb told Crash.net that the scooter ban has the backing of the Riders' Safety Commission, adding that many riders already choose to use the familiarisation session for training - either running or riding a bicycle - while looking at the track.

By Peter McLaren

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