Vinales first to fall foul of new MotoGP tyre pressure rules

Vinales first to fall foul of new MotoGP tyre pressure rules
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Vinales first to fall foul of new MotoGP tyre pressure rules

For the 2023 season, a new rule regarding minimum tyre pressures was implemented. Riders were required to maintain the specified pressures for 50% of grands prix and 30% of sprints. However, this rule was not enforced until the British Grand Prix due to the unavailability of the Tyre Pressure Management System. Starting from the Catalan GP, live readings of tyre pressures have been transmitted using an automated system. Maverick Vinales was found to have run tyre pressures lower than the recommended parameters during the race and received a warning, with a potential three-second time penalty for a second offence. From next season, any rider found to contravene the tyre pressure rule will be disqualified from the race. Additionally, Enea Bastianini, who caused a multi-rider pile-up during the first lap of the Catalan MotoGP race, will serve a long lap penalty in the next grand prix he competes in.

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Source: Motorsport.com

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