【MotoGP】MotoGP Introduces Long Lap Penalty For Exceeding Track Limits



カタールテスト3日目 ファビオ・クアルタラロ「開幕戦が本当に楽しみ!」

[気になるバイクニュース。] – 02/27 18:44

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カタールテスト3日目 フランコ・モルビデッリ「コーナーエントリーに課題あり」

[気になるバイクニュース。] – 02/27 18:50

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MotoGP Introduces Long Lap Penalty For Exceeding Track Limits

[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that bikes are on track again, and all is right with the world] – 03/01 22:26

The Grand Prix Commission has approved the long lap penalty trialed by the MotoGP riders during the Qatar test last weekend. From the first race in Qatar, riders who exceed track limits, or are deemed to have unfairly gained time, will be punished with being forced to take a trip through a lane placed on the outside of a slow corner, handing them a penalty in the order of approximately three seconds. The penalty is to be used instead of forcing the rider to drop a position, although both penalties will remain available for the FIM Stewards Panel to impose as they see fit. 
The penalty of dropping a position had come into question after an incident with Jonas Folger during the Moto2 race at Misano in 2014. In that race, Folger was handed a punishment of being forced to drop a position, while sitting several seconds ahead of the rider behind him. Giving up the position cost him over five seconds, and dropped him into the middle of a group scrapping for position. It also took Folger so long to drop back to the group that he was handed an additional penalty in the form of a ride through.

Interviewing Honda’s Bosses: On The Triple Crown, Spec IMUs, Signing Lorenzo, Moto3, And WorldSBK

[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that bikes are on track again, and all is right with the world] – 02/28 00:42

The following is an interview which leading Japanese MotoGP journalist and friend of MotoMatters.com Akira Nishimura conducted with the heads of Honda's racing program Tetsuhiro Kuwata, and Shinya Wakabayashi. Nishimura conducted the interviews in Japanese, and translated them into impeccable English. I then edited them in English for style. Any inaccuracies or errors are therefore mine. – David Emmett
In 2018, Honda secured the triple crown, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez winning his third consecutive MotoGP title, bringing his total to five, Honda winning the constructors title, and the Repsol Honda team wrapping up the team championship. Everybody thought it was a perfect season for Honda, but what was the reality for them? At the beginning of January, we visited the HRC laboratory in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture and spoke to Tetsuhiro Kuwata, General Manager of Racing Operations Management Division and Shinya Wakabayashi, the boss of Technology Development Division for 90 minutes on how they saw Honda's 2018 season, and what they expect for 2019.
Q: In 2018, you won the triple crown again. Do you think it was a perfect season for Honda?
Kuwata: Not at all! ……

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley – MotoGP preseason testing: Ready, steady…

[MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks – … that bikes are on track again, and all is right with the world] – 02/27 18:09

The MotoGP grid concluded preseason testing in Qatar yesterday, with Maverick Viñales fastest. But riders weren’t just evaluating new parts and settings…
When I was a kid I had a Scalextric car racing set that included a trackside garage. Inside the garage was a clockwork car that would reverse onto the track, drive back into the garage, reverse onto the track and so on. It was a good way of livening up the racing.
During final preseason testing in Qatar, riders tried a new long-lap penalty system, a concept that will send penalised riders down a side road on the entry to turn six, costing them a couple of seconds before they re-join the track on the corner exit. It is MotoGP’s version of the naughty step, hopefully a better way of punishing miscreant riders than telling them to drop a position, which is an inconsistent penalty and difficult to implement effectively when the racing is frantically close, which it usually is.