Yamaha handed points deduction

PETALING JAYA: The International Motorcycling Federation’s (FIM) sanction on Yamaha has hit Malaysian outfit Petronas Sepang Racing Team hard.

Yamaha were docked 50 constructors’ championship points by MotoGP stewards after making technical changes to their engine without obtaining unanimous approval from other manufacturers.

The Yamaha factory team also had 20 points deducted from their championship tally, while satellite outfit Petronas Yamaha SRT were docked 37 points.

However, Petronas Yamaha SRT team retain their current second place in the team championship with 198 points and 44 points behind leaders Team Suzuki Ecstar who have 242 points.

None of Yamaha’s riders have been docked points in the riders’ championship, with Frenchman Quartararo, Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian Franco Morbidelli all within 25 points of Spanish leader Joan Mir of Suzuki.

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