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Matthew Birt  says:

Lorenzo boss: Alvaro Bautista’s punishment justified

Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha team boss Wilco Zeelenberg believes the decision to relegate Alvaro Bautista to the back of the grid for this weekend’s German Grand Prix is fully justified. Bautista was given the grid penalty having been found guilty by Race Direction of riding in an irresponsible manner after he wiped out Lorenzo in a controversial collision at the first...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (02 July 2012 13:32)

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Sep 11

Posts: 402

jollyboy says:

Well Put

Very sensible and considered words.

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Jun 12

Posts: 2

tiburcio says:

Yeah right...

It´s just a shame they didnt punish some other rider one year ago for doing exactly the same to a championship leader!
This sport is becoming a joke, and a really bad one!

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Oct 09

Posts: 103

BarbaricCub says:

Engine rules

Surely if that was the first session that Engine was used in Lorenzo should be allowed one extra to be allocated? Considering it wasn't his fault or his teams fault that the engine was damaged...

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Sep 11

Posts: 546

TetsuoSama says:

Throttle stuck open?

If the modern leathers are able to detect an accident and deploy airbags before the rider hits the deck, surely they've got the sensors and computing power onboard to detect the rider has ejected and the bike's on the ground?  I'd be amazed if there aren't safety mechanisms designed to not let the engine destroy itself.

Surely, Yamaha have goofed here?

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Mar 08

Posts: 7

adamsson says:

Engine cut outs

TetsuoSama There are systems to cut the engine if the bike goes down but they aren't used as it is normally impossible to push start as MotoGP bike so you could not restart after a minor crash. The risk is it will destroy it self sucking in gravel or running short of oil. As to the punishment being justified would a penalty have been applied if he wiped out say Hector Barbera or some one else nowhere near the championship lead.

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Sep 11

Posts: 546

TetsuoSama says:

You wouldn't need to cut the engine

I guess my interpretation of Lin's comments and the way the smoke came out was that it was revving harder than idle.

Again, they know their engine and they know what a dangerous rev limit would be when it's lying down.  If it was revving harder than safe, it should have idled or cut power completely.

Sure, keep the engine running if it's safe to do so, but I find it hard to believe that they don't have a system that is meant to prevent engine destruction above all else, and that there wasn't a failure in that system.

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Sep 11

Posts: 2284

YamahaGYTR says:

Could have been worse best punishment would have been pit lane.

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Aug 11

Posts: 687

Bootlegger says:

It won't change much anyway

Alvaro penalised for a huge error of judgement on the hairtrigger.All he has to do is wrap his head around it and get on with business. He most probably will. Smiley face GP racer finds the humour in everything.

How many times did George and Simmo put him out to pasture ?

A bummer for George though. Its not like Alvaro was going to be a title challenger this year.

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Sep 06

Posts: 15

ahinks says:

F1 here we come

So are we now going to have another marquez farce where teams appeal then counter-appeal? Bautista has already had his punishment, nil points for the race. I completely understand why stoner wants out.

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Jun 11

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PaceyCasey says:

Could have been worse best punishment would have been pit lane.

And safer too. AB's 'back of the grid start' has put the fear of God into the CRT riders!

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