Cal Crutchlow has had his eighth place finish reinstated after stewards withdrew a penalty imposed after today’s MotoGP at Misano.
The LCR Honda rider had been docked a place after initially crossing the line eighth after today’s 28 lap race, after Race Direction handed him a time penalty of 1.5 seconds after he ran on at Turn One a number of times.
However after a full review following the race, the penalty was removed once it was established he had gained no advantage.
A statement released from the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel this evening said:
“ In the MotoGP race of the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini, the FIM MotoGP Stewards imposed a time penalty on rider #35 Crutchlow for running off track several times in Turn 1.
After the race, Timekeeping advised the Stewards of differences in the sector times of rider #35 which were not evident at the time the penalty was made. On the basis of this analysis, together video evidence and with further team data requested by the Stewards, it is evident that no advantage was gained and therefore the time penalty has been cancelled.”
Crutchlow, meanwhile, has revealed the reason he ran on several times was due to sweat dripping onto his visor.
“I got docked a position at the end for running over the chicane but first and foremost, I ran across Turn One five times over the race simply because sweat was on the inside of my visor and I couldn’t see a thing from lap eight onwards,” he said.
“You normally have a sweat pad and it seemed to have not been in the right position and it dripped everywhere. I couldn’t see anything for 20 laps of the race so this is essentially why we were dropping back.”