ÔWE’LL LOOK INTO RULE CHANGES’
“Yes, we had a technical issue with the jump start camera recording and playback system. Some images would not display correctly, however we were able to identify six jump starts and these riders were informed immediately and made ride-through penalties. When we had the system running correctly again we identified two more jump starts - Morbidelli and Cortese.
“The rules say that a ridethrough penalty must be communicated to the rider before the end of the fourth lap, and when a ride-through is not possible, the standard time penalty of 20 seconds is applied. We are aware that 20 seconds does not accurately reflect the ride-through time at every circuit, so we are asking the GP Commission to look at this rule.
“Some teams have said that the Morbidelli jump start was obvious, and asked why didn’t we just penalise it immediately. Clear evidence is required, which is why we have a camera (500fps) on each rider with the red lights shown in the same frame, so it is clear and evidential whether the rider moves before the red light is out.
“The TV feed of the start shows the bikes, but not the red lights in the same frame for every bike, so even if, on TV, it looks like a jump start, it is not hard evidence (a bike leaving earlier than the others could be just because the others were slow). And, of course, long gone are the days when we relied on a grid marshal to call in a jump start, so the dedicated jump start cameras are the only hard evidence, regardless of what the teams on the pit wall see.” Length: 3.34miles Corners: 16 – 6 left, 10 right Longest straight: