MotoGP bosses change jump-start penalty for 2020

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MotoGP bosses have changes the jump-start rules for 2020 from a pit-lane ride-through to two long-lap excursions.

Earlier in the year, Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Vinales and Joan Mir were all given ride-throughs after being judged to have moved before the start lights went out.

Crutchlow, unsurprisingly, had plenty to say on the matter but it was agreed by most sensible people that the ride-through was too harsh for a misdemeanour that can sometimes put you at a disadvantage, not an advantage.

Other changes from the FIM include:

Moto3 and Moto2 Class Tyres
Riders proceeding from Qualifying Practice 1 to Qualifying Practice 2 will now receive an additional front tyre. Such riders already receive an additional rear tyre. This change is effective from the next event which is the British Grand Prix.

Materials Used in Sliders
We have recent experience of a rider using knee sliders to which had been added metal studs. This resulted in sparks being generated which could disturb a following rider.

With immediate effect it is prohibited to manufacture or modify knee or other sliders to include any material that, when in contact with the track surface, may cause a visual disturbance to other riders.

Black Flag with Orange Disk
Riders who are required to leave the track by display of this flag must be authorised by an official to re-join the track.