Grid penalty for Morbidelli in Indonesian MotoGP
Saturday 19th March, 2022 - 8:47pm
Franco Morbidelli has been handed a grid penalty at the Indonesian MotoGP due to a breach of practice start procedures.
The Monster Energy Yamaha rider, who crashed early in Qualifying 2 at Mandalika, had been set to start from 12th but has now been relegated three positions.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) is one of the beneficiaries, moving from 15th to 14th after he crashed twice in Qualifying 1.
Luca Marini inherits Morbidelli’s spot on Row 4 and his Mooney VR46 team-mate Marco Bezzecchi slides across from the middle of Row 5 to 13th on the grid.
The incident in question occurred after the completion of Free Practice 3, with the official Notification of Sanction advising:
“On 19 March 2022 at 11:42 during the MotoGP Practice Start session of the PERTAMINA GRAND PRIX OF INDONESIA you did not comply with the ‘Notice to All MotoGP Teams’ information provided. You were observed to be positioning in front of riders staged to do a practice start.
“This contravenes the specific instructions given to all team/competitors, and it is considered irresponsible riding causing danger to other competitors. It is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 and Article 1.22.2 of the FIM World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.”
Morbidelli’s team-mate Fabio Quartararo qualified on pole for the first ever MotoGP race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit, which starts on Sunday at 18:00 AEDT.
Starting grid: Indonesian MotoGP Updated
|1||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|2||89||Jorge MARTIN||ESP||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|3||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|4||33||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|5||23||Enea BASTIANINI||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|6||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|7||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|8||42||Alex RINS||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki|
|9||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|10||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|11||49||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|12||10||Luca MARINI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|13||72||Marco BEZZECCHI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|14||93||Marc MARQUEZ||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|15||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||Penalty|
|16||44||Pol ESPARGARO||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|17||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha|
|18||36||Joan MIR||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki|
|19||73||Alex MARQUEZ||ESP||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda|
|20||12||Maverick VIÑALES||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|21||25||Raul FERNANDEZ||ESP||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|22||87||Remy GARDNER||AUS||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|23||40||Darryn BINDER||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha|
|24||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda|