Rossi Amongst Riders Penalised Post-Qualifying


Five riders have been awarded penalties after qualifying for the 2015 San Marino Grand Prix. Those in question are Valentino Rossi and Yonny Hernandez in MotoGP, and Hiroki Ono, Jorge Martin and Jakub Kornfeil in Moto3.

Rossi has been given one penalty point to his record, according to Article 3.2.1 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code. This comes after his Movistar Yamaha was riding slowly on the racing line, thus hindering team-mate Jorge Lorenzo‘s pace towards the end of Q2 this afternoon. Despite this, Lorenzo still qualified on pole, whilst Rossi starts third.

Two riders in the Moto3 category were penalised for similar reasons, but in separate incidents. Leopard Racing‘s Hiroki Ono and Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Jorge Martin both caused near-misses when they slowed down on the track. They now have a grid penalty of three places each and will not be able to take part in the first ten minutes of Sunday morning’s warm up session. Ono will start from 13th, whilst Martin will begin from 18th.

Meanwhile, Yonny Hernandez has been sanctioned for making a practice start on track, but before passing the chequered flag at the end of the first MotoGP qualifying session. Therefore, he endangered other riders who were still on flying laps. As a result, the Pramac Racing rider has picked up one penalty point.

Finally, in Moto3, Jakub Kornfeil’s Drive M7 SIC Team bike was found to have a “non-standard part fitted between the engine and airbox.” This is a breach of Article 2.6.4.h) of the Technical Regulations, and so he has been disqualified from the qualifying results. Kornfeil had qualified 20th, but will start last.