Brad Binder will need to serve a Long Lap penalty during the forthcoming Valencia MotoGP race, as punishment for a collision with Jack Miller on the opening lap of Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix

Starting just behind Miller in 15th, the MotoGP rookie hit the back of the Pramac Ducati rider on entry to Turn 2, taking them both down and out. Binder admitted responsibility afterwards, apologising to Miller and his Pramac team. 

"It was a big mistake on my behalf and I’m so sorry to wipe out Jack’s race. I want to apologise not only to my team but also to his," Binder said.

The South African, winner at Brno, added that he was especially frustrated to have done a similar thing twice, having previously caused Miguel Oliveira to fall at Turn 1 in Andalucia. 

While unpunished at Jerez, the FIM Stewards ruled that at Aragon the factory KTM rider was 'found to be riding in an irresponsible manner, causing a crash' and thus guilty of 'contravening' the rule that states 'Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors of participants'.

A Long Lap penalty usually costs a rider around 3-4 seconds depending on the circuit.

Binder's third non-score of the season has left him twelfth in the world championship, but with Repsol Honda's Alex Marquez also crashing out the pair remain tied on points for Rookie of the Year honours with three rounds to go.

Miller's fourth DNF has left him ninth in the standings.

 

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

9

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

10

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

11

15 November

Americas

COTA

12

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

 

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