AndaluciaGP: New yellow flag rule set ahead of AndaluciaGP

Published on July 23, 2020
By Short Shift News

MotoGP organisers have announced a new yellow flag rule following Alex Rins’ crash during the second qualifying session of the Spanish GP, six days ago.

Now, any live laps that are being completed with a yellow flag will be cancelled.

This will encourage riders not to push with a yellow flag being shown. However, with the timing line at Jerez being so near the breaking zone for turn one, it raises the question as to whether riders will run off track at turn one in qualifying to disrupt other rider’s lap times.

Realistically, this shouldn’t happen, however, should this take place, MotoGP race direction and organisers will have to think twice about the rule.

The rule applies to both practice and qualifying.

This rule comes in place after Alex Rins followed Jack Miller into the gravel during last week’s Q2 session, in what was a similar incident to Johann Zarco and Iker Lecuona at the final round of the 2019 season. Fabio Quartararo was still able to take pole in Q2, despite riding through a yellow flag zone.

MotoGP gets back underway on Friday, with FP1 at 09:55.


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