Vinales first to fall foul of new MotoGP tyre pressure rules at Catalan GP
In the 2023 MotoGP season, a new minimum front and rear tyre pressure rule was introduced, which riders had to adhere to in 50% of grands prix and 30% of sprints. However, this rule was not implemented until the British Grand Prix due to the Tyre Pressure Management System not being ready. Starting from the Catalan GP, the system is now fully automated, with live readings of all riders’ tyre pressures being transmitted. Maverick Vinales, who finished second in the race behind his Aprilia teammate, was found to have run with tyre pressures below the minimum. He received a warning for this first offense, with a three-second time penalty for subsequent breaches. From next season, riders who violate the tyre pressure rule will be disqualified from the race, and this season, they will receive sliding scale time penalties. Additionally, Enea Bastianini will have to serve a long lap penalty in the next race for causing a multi-rider crash in the Catalan GP.