KTM's Pol Espargaro will start Sunday's Valencia MotoGP season finale from pit lane, with a five-second penalty.

The punishment is for exceeding the nine engine changes allowed for each of the KTM factory riders, as a new manufacturer, during the 18 round season.

The Austrian factory switched from a screamer to big-bang style engine configuration early on in their debut season.

Riders competing for manufacturers without concessions are limited to seven engine changes for the season.


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Why suzuki not doing the same?

The extra engines and consequent penalties are related with reliability (or lack of it). Espargaro needs a fresh engine.

Suzuki niggles have to do with the homologation of the engine. They choose to homologate an engine spec that proved to be wrong and there is no way around that, as engine developement through the season is frozen.

KTM and Espargaro tenth engine is the same spec they started the year (yes, you can work around engine management and so, but the "hardware" is the same). You can't bring an Evo engine and that's what Suzuki needed.

The bit about the Suzuki engine is correct Pedro but the KTM engine has changed many times this season as they have concessions.