The practice of 'towing' to improve lap times in qualifying and free practice are reportedly being reviewed by the FIM and Dorna following complaints.

The act, which sees one rider wait to follow a faster rider around a lap in an effort to pick up a slipstream down the straights and use them as a gauge through the bends, has been apparent for several years but has often drawn the ire of critics.

With the practice seemingly worse in the World Supersport Championship, where there is no phased Superpole session and all riders can be on track at once during qualifying, PTR Honda team manager Simon Buckmaster suggests the governing body will begin imposing penalties on offenders.

"The FIM and DORNA are looking at applying penalties to riders that wait around to get a tow as it is dangerous and we fully support them on that."


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