Sepang Circuit Fined After Moto2 FP1 Crash

Race Direction have fined the Sepang Circuit for failing to warn the Moto2 riders at the start of the first session of free practice about a patch of wet track at Turn 10. The circuit was still very wet after an earlier bout of rain, and the first riders to arrive in the area - including Bradley Smith, Jules Cluzel, Yonny Hernandez and Marc Marquez - all suffered crashes, as the marshals were not displaying yellow flags to warn the riders of the danger. Bradley Smith broke his collarbone in the incident, while Marquez was lucky to escape with heavily bruised shoulder and a nasty knock to the head. Smith has been ruled out of the race on Sunday, while Marquez decided to skip FP2 and attempt to ride on Saturday.

Below is the FIM press release issued announcing the fine:

2011 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2011: decision of the Race Direction

On Friday 21st October at the beginning of the Moto2 Free Practice (FP1) the flag marshals didn't display the appropriate flag at turn 10 where the track was completely wet creating a very dangerous situation for the riders, which is an infringement to the Art. 1.22.1 of the FIM Road World Championship Grand Prix Regulations. According to article 1.6.5.C. the Race Direction has decided to impose to the organiser a fine of 15.000 euros.

No appeal has been lodged.

The decision of the Race Direction is final.

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Aren't the marshalls under the direction of the race director? And isn't the purpose of the safety car to verify the track conditions before the session starts? Or is it just for hooning about with a celebrity while advertising BMW?

Anyway, 15,000€ should wipe out the Friday takings from one of the coffee vendors...