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250: Simoncelli fined.

Newly crowned 250cc world champion Marco Simoncelli was fined after his title victory in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, for not wearing his helmet on the slow down lap.

"On Sunday 19th October, at the end of the 250cc race, rider Marco Simoncelli (ITA) has removed his safety helmet before returning to the pit lane, which is an infringement to the notice of the Race Direction published on May 15th, 2008: "...After the chequered flag, riders riding on the track must wear their safety helmet until they stop in the pit lane / parc fermé". The Race Direction has thus decided to penalise the rider with a fine of USD 1,000," said an FIM statement.

Prior to the May 15th amendment, MotoGP riders such as Nicky Hayden had been known to ride back to the pits without wearing their helmet after victory.

There was no fine for 125cc Sepang race winner Gabor Talmacsi, who picked up a passenger (no helmet) for part of his slow down lap.


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JeffS - Unregistered

October 20, 2008 7:54 PM

It's pretty obvious that the rule breaking was referred to the idiot FI stewards in China for guidance in how to screw up at every opportunity. If he was prepared to take the risk, why spoil the occasion? - he'd just won the World Championship for God's sake. Congratulations Marco.



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