Che­quered flag change for rid­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MO­TOGP rid­ers can be clas­si­fied as race fin­ish­ers in fu­ture even if they and their mo­tor­cy­cles cross the line sep­a­rately, the sport’s gov­ern­ing body ( FIM) said.

Un­der pre­vi­ous rules, rid­ers had to be still on their ma­chines at the che­quered flag to fin­ish and score points but the FIM’s Grand Prix Com­mis­sion de­cided a change was needed.

“In fu­ture the fin­ish time will be de­ter­mined by the first part of the rider or his mo­tor­cy­cle, which­ever crosses the fin­ish line last,” the In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment.

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