MotoGP moves to abolish interim penalties

Valentino Rossi fell agonisingly short of claiming the 2015 title

Valentino Rossi fell agonisingly short of claiming the 2015 title

A penalty system which almost certainly cost Valentino Rossi a 10th World Championship has been abandoned for the 2016 MotoGP season.

It will no longer be necessary for a rider to start at the rear of the grid when a rider accrues four and seven penalty points.

Rossi was hit with a three-point penalty for his incident with Marc Marquez at Sepang last year which brought him to a four-point tally that meant he started the season-ending race at Valencia from last on the grid.

What remains unchanged is that penalty points will remain for a 12-month period while a rider will be excluded from the next event if they reach a 10-point window.

The Grand Prix Commission has also moved to clamp down on wayward comments by adding clauses where teams and riders must not make statements or issue press releases that are considered irresponsible and hence damaging to the championship.

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