Yamaha Press Release: Statement By Lin Jarvis On Fabio Quartararo Penalty

Fabio Quartararo was handed a long lap penalty by the FIM Stewards after his crash on lap 5 of the Dutch TT at Assen on Sunday. Quartararo made his displeasure at the penalty known on his social media pages. But today, he has received the backing of Yamaha, with Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis issuing an official statement in which he criticizes the decision to award the penalty, and takes aim at the consistency of stewarding decisions.

The statement appears below:


OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY LIN JARVIS FOLLOWING SUNDAY'S STEWARDS PANEL DECISION TO PENALIZE FABIO QUARTARARO AT THE BRITISH GP

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 28th June 2022

Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director & Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Principal Lin Jarvis expresses his disappointment with the long-lap penalty for the upcoming Monster Energy British Grand Prix that Fabio Quartararo received from the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel following a race incident with Aleix Espargaró on lap 5 of the TT Assen race.

Jarvis states, “Fabio Quartararo, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team, and Yamaha have always striven for fairness and sportsmanship in MotoGP. We are disappointed to see the inequality with which penalties are applied by the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel.”

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team disagree with Sunday‘s decision by the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel for the following reasons:

- Whilst Quartararo has admitted to making a mistake in Turn 5 at the TT Circuit Assen on lap 5, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP view this as a race incident. Quartararo has the reputation of being a clean rider, without a track record of prior incidents. It was an honest mistake without malicious intent.

- Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP acknowledges that Aleix Espargaró‘s race was affected, but the severeness of the impact is a matter of conjecture. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP feel the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel is measuring the severity of race incidents with inconsistent, subjective standards.

The inconsistency with which penalties are applied by the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel during the 2022 season damages the fairness of MotoGP and the faith in the Stewards‘ jurisdiction. There have been at least three more serious race incidents in the MotoGP Class (resulting in riders retiring from the race and/or causing injuries) that were left unpunished.

Jarvis concludes: “We wanted to appeal the decision of the Stewards on Sunday at the Assen track, but this type of penalty is not open to discussion or appeal. We then wanted to raise the issue, as a matter of principle, with CAS (Court of Arbitration of Sport), but equally such a matter is not open to appeal. It is precisely for these reasons that correct, balanced, and consistent decisions should be taken by the Stewards in the first place and executed within the correct, reasonable time frame.”

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Although extremely ambitious at the least, we have definitely seen equally or more aggressive incidents on track go unpunished by the FIM stewards. Ponderous group, those fellas.

I believe FQ's move on AE was deserving of a penalty, and a long-lap seems appropriate for the infringement, regardless of the fact that FQ DNFd and AE went onto secure a 4th place. However, the race stewards have lost credibility by their lack of  consistency in issuing penalties 

Agreed that the main issue is the lack of consistency -- especially taking into account recent events and the Steward's resultant action (or non-action).  FQ's penalty would probably seem like less of a slight if more substantial recent puntings were similarly punished.  The ruling would appear more fair and consistent.  The rest of the "the Steward's don't want us to race and try to pass" arguments would sorta fall by the wayside, because consistency would be established, so any subsequent bickering is effectively ruled out.

This is the most frustrating part, because if consistent ruling based on action doesn't exist, then one is immediately led to wonder what is actually driving the decision-making.  And really, regardless of what it is, it isn't based on objective review, and it makes the Steward's job moot.

Welcome to F1. The endless 'why no penalty' madness has spread from track limits to this now. The issue isn't consistency, the issue is having any penalties beyond deliberate dangerous riding, repeated unintentionally dangerous riding and unfair advantage/cheating/technical infringement. As soon as they take one step beyond, a huge can of massive anacondas opens up. Through giving Fabio a penalty and from the uproar concerning inconsistency we have reached a place where any rider overtaking another rider, resulting in an off track excursion, which disadvantages one of the riders should, by historic sacred precedent, result in some sanction. The public will call for it, the other teams will call for it. If another team/manufacturer views that rider as a rival in the points they will scream the house down for it, lobby for it. I wonder if any did for this during the race in Assen. Fabio is leading in the points. Who would benefit from a penalty ? Who has the loudest voice ? I have no idea if that happened but that's where we are. Personally I cannot see any attraction in this. However, reading social media during and after every race it seems to a certain group of people this aspect of the sport is more exciting and important than bike racing.

It’s made me look forward to Silverstone! The penalty, deserved or not, means we will probably see either a masterclass or a pissed-off, erratic and maybe blunder-prone Fabio from yesteryear as he tries to minimise the potential damage-because as certain as MotoGP can be, those two Aprilia riders are most unlikely to be slacking come race day. Can’t wait 😃

Well, the irreconcilable legal debate between substantive and procedural justice has finally reached MotoGP. Should the rules be applied equally to everyone regardless of circumstance? or should the circumstance be the primary consideration when applying penalties and adverse actions? 

The issue will never be resolved, and the perpetrators and victims will never agree about the severity of punishment. I guess Yamaha felt compelled to issue a statement as a check against unfettered steward power and capricious regulatory standards, but mobilizing the public lynch mob, who care nothing for the nuance of governance, is not going to benefit anyone.

Just hire an arbitration firm, and be done with it. No more vainglorious boohooing. Handle it like professionals. Guys are dragging themselves along the pavement at high speed for the amusement of the fans and media. Degenerate distractioneering between races is expected in F-None because poutrage and international scandal is necessary to augment the non-spectacle, but it should not be part of MotoGP.

Excellent, thought provoking comment, with some quality wordplay. 

 

As for "mobilizing the public Lynch mob" - a fantastic turn of phrase. Weaponised social media!

Great comment, nice way to include the mentality we see elsewhere in the world and definitely don’t want anywhere near the paddock.

These remarks would have been far more credible had they not been made in the aftermath of an error made by one of their riders. Jarvis' comments are at least as inconsistent as the penalties handed out by the Stewards. While I might agree with the content of this message, he should have discussed this issue indoors and gather the backing of other teams. A bit of a pathetic reaction in my book.

I'd be willing to bet that there have been more than a few behind-doors meetings about this problem, without any result, which is why they went public. Japanese companies do NOT wash their linen in public unless seriously fed up/pissed off. And by the way, I quite agree with what Wavey said above.

But if the other factories don't share their view, stop whining and get on with it.

…should take it on the chin and stop the public pouting. I’m a Fabio fan but his move was ambitious and deserving of a long lap penalty. It will make for more excitement at Silverstone. Look at how well Jack recovered from long laps in the last two races.

Objectively, Lin Jarvis is correct. If Taka got no penalty, despite a history far worse than Fabio, why a penalty for FQ? 

Subjectively, why haven't we heard any conspiracy theories yet? Let's see, which Japanese manufacturer did Freddie ride for? And his opponent...?

For the record, Spencer may not be competent, but IMO he is not Honda's pawn. And I am in favor of fewer infraction penalties, not more (this, despite what I yelled at the screen as Lorenzo took out the entire leading pack...). Grass is a much better enforcer than committees.

Spencer does have some knowledge of hard passes between the top two deciding the result of a championship! And Capirossi took it well past a hard pass.

The difference with Nakagami's incident is that Quartararo's was an unnecessary one on one error with the rider closest to him in the championship where Nakagami was in the post starting crowd at a time when misjudgements and errors are easy and common and incidents often result from the actions (and reactions) of more than one rider. 

This weekend, on OZ TV, Miller referred to RD in terms that are beyond polite repetition here. While there is room to consider the systematic operation of RD, and accepting the wisdom of the phoenix1 considerations (they seem very well informed...), I think most fans are just going to consider this penalty fairly, well...idiotic. When you have team bosses and riders being openly and extremely critical of RD, we start to develop at least a perception of an integrity problem with the sport. I hate to say it but sometimes the rule keepers do get a bit enforcement oriented when under pressure. Is that happening here?

Always enjoy the linguistic innovation in Yamaha statements though. This time the new word was 'severeness'. That was fun.