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Cycle News 2023 Issue 32 August 15

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I s it inevitable that rules spoil racing? Seems so, as a thick- ening forest of details in the expanding MotoGP rulebook combine to impinge on race results. A matter of not seeing the wood for the trees. The track-limits controversy is a frequent case in point. Race podiums and even vic- tories snatched away for the of- fense of exceeding track limits on the last lap. This carries an automatic penalty: usually drop one position. Most recently it happened to Brad Binder at Assen. Twice. The KTM rider was set for the podium in both the Sprint and Sunday's main race, but, on both occasions, he narrowly clipped the green paint on the left kink after the Stekkenwal right- hander. Deliberate? Definitely not. Any advantage gained? Again, definitely not. A perfectly normal event in the heat of battle. Yet in the Sprint, a three-second penalty dropped him from third to fifth. And in the main race, he dropped from third to fourth. A natural gentleman, he took his punishment without complaint. And even blamed himself: "I feel like braindead to have done it again," he said. Yet it remained deeply unfair. Penalties for exceeding track limits have been around for more than five years. The last- lap refinement had a particular trigger point… at Misano in 2019. In the Moto2 race, rookie Fabio di Giannantonio, riding a Speed Up (ancestor of today's P130 CN II IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT RACE RESULTS WILTING UNDER PRESSURE

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