The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc
(FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in an electronic meeting held on 1 March
2019 made the following decision:
Sporting and Disciplinary Regulations – Long Lap Penalty
When the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards impose a Change of Position penalty on a rider, for Track Limits, or any
other reason, there is a possibility of it being unfair, (depending on whether a rider is close to others or
not) and it is also difficult to monitor when there are multiple infractions.
To make a more fair and verifiable penalty, the Grand Prix Commission, after consultation with the
Safety Commission, have agreed to introduce a new “Long Lap Penalty”.
At every circuit a route will be defined and marked at a safe point around the track, (usually an asphalt
runoff area outside of a turn), which is some seconds slower than the normal racing line.
The penalised rider must ride through the defined area within 3 laps of being notified, thereby suffering a penalty
equivalent to several seconds, (typically 2 or more seconds), on that lap.
Procedures will be in place to enable the Stewards to use an equivalent time penalty in case the rider is unable to complete the Long Lap, (e.g. in case of a red flagged race).
This penalty will be added to the list of sanctions available to the FIM MotoGP Stewards, and whilst it is
primarily intended for track limits violations, it may be used in any circumstances deemed appropriate
by the Stewards. The drop position penalty will continue being available to the Stewards. MOTO GP