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Rossi, Lorenzo, Toseland, Edwards fined.

Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, James Toseland and Colin Edwards have all been fined for performing practice starts after the chequered flag at the end of MotoGP qualifying at Misano on Saturday.

"In the MotoGP class practice starts are not permitted after the chequered flag at the end of the qualifying practice," reads article 1.21.16 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

Race Direction thus decided to penalise each rider with a fine of USD 1,000.

No appeal has been lodged and the decision of Race Direction is final.


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Donnie Brasco - Unregistered

August 31, 2008 1:59 AM

What's going on? At every GP this season at the end of qualifying I've seen riders practicing their starts - what makes this one different to the rest?!?!?! Also, why was Stoner shaking his head at Melandri quarter of the way through the session when he had to overtake during a quick lap? Doesn't he realise that in qualifying there is more than one rider on track? He wasn't on qualifying tyres so what was the problem exactly?

DEM - Unregistered

August 30, 2008 11:50 PM

Looks like somebody at Yamaha didn't read the fine print... I can't help but wonder why this rule is in place for the MGP class, it's not like they could be holding up another class' practice. It's also a lot safer than doing practice starts during a practice session where you could become a hazard to other riders. Excuse my ignorance - but how & when are they supposed to practice getting off the line :? Getting off the line - that makes me remember Norick Abe, the late master of starts...



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