Grid penalty for Morbidelli in Indonesian MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli. Picture: MotoGP.com

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

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike  
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

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