Xaus: That rule is deeply wrong.

Ruben Xaus has branded the rule that you must return to the pit-lane following a red flag in five minutes 'deeply wrong' after seeing a podium finish snatched away from him at Donington Park.

Xaus was running a comfortable third when the red flags were brought out following a brief shower, but he was one of three riders to be caught out by the conditions and slid off the Sterilgarda Ducati at Starkey's Bridge.

Although the results were counted one lap back, placing Xaus third, his fall meant he didn't return to the pit-lane within the allotted time.

Even worse for him, he was stood on the podium when he was told he'd not been classified in the results (pictured). Naturally, he was furious at the ruling.

"I'm really sorry to have lost the podium in race one," said the Spaniard. "I think that this rule is deeply wrong because it took away from me a result taken on the track.

"In race two I had a problem with the electronic[quickshift] after just a couple of laps. I was forced to shift closing the gas and so losing precious time.”

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Paul 46!!!

September 08, 2008 4:12 PM

If they counted Xaus as crashed I believe that was the same lap that Tom Sykes was close enough to be leading again... why was he not given the win?! if you are going to take it back a lap, everybody goes back a lap crashed or not! pants rule. Similar to the "back in pits with bike within 5 mins to restart"... the rider can get back in 5 mins but he is 100% dependent on the recovery van to get his bike back and in a situation like at coppice there were 3 bikes to get out the gravel, into the truck and back to the pits. Not happening in 5 mins!

Emma - Unregistered

September 08, 2008 1:50 PM

Only a mindless idiot could think up such a rule. A precedent was set at Brands when Craig Jones failed to make it back to the pits with his machine. Therefore the organisers are guilty of discrimination. Yesterdays Donny WSB races were nothing short of farcical and all because of senseless rules. We will not be back, even if it is a sunny day.

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