Luca Scassa's World Supersport title hopes have been dealt a potentially significant blow after he was banned from competing at the next Misano round.
The Italian incurred the wrath of World Superbike officials after it transpired he had ridden laps of the Misano circuit earlier this year, rather than Yamaha ParkinGo's designated testing circuit of Motorland Aragon.
The infringement occurred when Scassa completed laps of Misano aboard a standard Yamaha R1 as part of his role as a riding instructor.
The FIM rulebook states that any rider riding laps of a circuit that appears on the calendar will be banned from that particular event:
“In the case of an infraction to the above rules, the rider's entry will be refused or the rider will be disqualified from the event of the circuit concerned, depending on the date of the confirmation of the infraction.” (paragraphs 1.11.1 and 1.15.1).
The ruling comes days after Chaz Davies drew level with Scassa at the top of the World Supersport standings, the Welshman now well positioned to pull a significant gap over his arch rival when the series resumes at Misano next month.