Yamaha Questions Long Lap Penalty for Quartararo


Fabio Quartararo was given a long lap penalty after falling and disrupting Aleix Espargaro’s race at the 2022 Dutch MotoGP. Yamaha considered the decision unfair, because there were many similar incidents that did not receive the same punishment.

In the race at Assen, Sunday (26/6/2022), Quartararo fell and hit Espargaro while trying to overtake the Aprilia rider from the inside of Turn 5 on the fifth lap.

As a result, Quartararo’s position slipped to the last position, while Espargaro, who did not fall, finally dropped to 15th because he had entered the gravel. Quartararo then continued the race, but fell again in the same location and failed to finish.

While Espargaro finally managed to look stunning, made many overtakes and finally finished in fourth position, Quartararo was still found guilty by the stewards for forcing himself to overtake, even though his position was impossible.

“The FIM MotoGP stewards panel judged Quartararo to be overly ambitious in trying to overtake A. Espargaro. #20 was not in a position to do so successfully, and ended up falling by hitting #41 and sending him off the track,” reads a MotoGP release received. detikSport.

This incident was considered odd by the director of Yamaha MotoGP, Massimo Meregalli. He is aware that there have been several similar accidents that have occurred this season, but have not received any punishment.

For example, when Francesco Bagnaia fell while trying to overtake Jorge Martin in the Qatar MotoGP, the Spanish rider also failed to finish. Or when Takaaki Nakagami crashed in the Catalunya MotoGP, breaking Alex Rins’ wrist.

“We view Fabio’s first crash as a racing incident, and feel Race Direction’s decision to punish him for the next race is not only too harsh, given he hasn’t knocked anyone down and Aleix can still score points, but also inconsistent with other similar incidents that have occurred before but no punishment,” said Meregalli, quoted by Crash.

“We will use this summer break to evaluate this race and prepare for the next Silverstone race.”

MotoGP 2022 will be on break for about a month. The next race is the British MotoGP which will be held on 7 August. It is there that Quartararo will serve the long lap penalty given to him for the incident at Assen.