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Quartararo: Penalties must improve to avoid MotoGP getting “boring”

The reigning world champion and current points leader crashed while attempting to overtake chief title rival Aleix Espargaro in early stages in Junes Dutch GP, and was later handed an extended lap penalty to be served this weekend at Silverstone.

He later raged from this decision on social media marketing and said he’d quit to overtake in order to avoid punishment, as he took aim at the consistency of the stewards.

This is accompanied by a statement from Yamaha also questioning the penalty, with several riders on Thursday at Silverstone defending Quartararo.

The Yamaha rider says he’s got not changed his mind on the punishment and believes MotoGP reaches threat of becoming boring if the stewards cannot look for a balance in how it judges incidents.

I dont desire to say something concerning the previous crash because there is no penalty, Quartararo said. Needless to say, following the crash of Barcelona, that has been massive, I am aware they would like to change a little the rules that they have to become more aggressive.

But I believe we have to look for a balance between irresponsible riding and a racing incident. Needless to say, I understand I crashed and Aleix may have made an improved result.

But I dont note that as a penalty. But just [as] they have to discover the balance between penalty no penalty, this is actually the main thing never to make our sport boring.

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Suzukis Joan Mir says he doesnt realize why Quartararo was punished for what he feels is really a clear racing incident, while Jack Miller wasnt for wiping out the 2020 world champion in Portugal.

I dont understand the penalty, Mir said. But following the race, I didnt start to see the incident and I didnt desire to think so much concerning the incident, however when I saw what happened I couldnt believe it, because Fabio was just attempting to make an overtake, then, that is racing, he lost leading.

He didnt desire to crash. What’s the difference in what make Miller to myself in Portimao, what’s the difference?

The difference is that Miller crashed, I crashed, Aleix didnt crash, plus they penalise Fabio plus they dont penalise Miller?

I cry for that action. I say this step because this is actually the one in racing that I’ve. Every weekend there’s one incident such as this or even more, probably. THEREFORE I dont understand why punishment.

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing leads, Takaaki Nakagami, Team LCR Honda and Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP crash, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team behind

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing leads, Takaaki Nakagami, Team LCR Honda and Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP crash, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team behind

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Other riders also raised MotoGPs stewards not giving Takaaki Nakagami a penalty for his multi-rider collision in the beginning of the Catalan Grand Prix when defending Quartararo.

Im fully trust Fabio in the sense he isn’t happy and he cannot understand the penalty, Aleix Espargaro added. Weve seen different examples in this year in more aggressive [moves] than his and there is no penalty.

In the event that you provide a penalty on that case and you provide a penalty to Fabio, I believe Fabio would understand and keep on.

But all of the riders in the safety commission are pushing for exactly the same [thing], attempting to ensure it is equal for everyone because if 1 day you penalise and something day you dont penalise its problematic for us to comprehend.

I believe we shall keep riding aggressively, we shall keep doing our races.

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Hondas Pol Espargaro believes Quartararos penalty was another bad decision from race direction, but feels generally collisions should be punished to create a good example to younger riders.

Once we all complain concerning this situation in the safety commission, I am aware it was a good choice, Pol said. About overtaking, we’ve seen overtaking each and every time, and if that you can do an overtake, you won’t crash.

If you are overtaking and you also are crashing, this means that you couldnt do this overtake. So, its a large mistake, you understand, so you have to shell out the dough.

I am aware Fabio is pissed off with this particular, but its the only method to avoid this type of thing, especially within the last laps where everything counts, it is possible to go in and throw the bike inside and when you crash, nothing happens.

No, it should be a penalty, because we have been racing but we have been showing to small categories that you cannot do anything you want.

So, I am aware, when i said, Fabio feels angry, but also for the near future it should be like this. Its a great choice.

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