Chiefs of MotoGP Criticised For Chaotic Start

April 16, 2018 by

It had been raining heavily for the few days before the start of the Argentina MotoGP Grand Prix, and the track was slick with rain. While it had lightened considerably by the time the race was started, it had caused a number of problems with the bikes taking off from the finish line.

One notable rider was Jack Miller, who opted to put slick tyres on his bike despite the conditions of the road – which is believed to have been a high-risk gamble, which played out in his favour. Because of his usage of slick tyres, he was sent to the front of the starting grid, 50 metres in front of everyone else, giving him in obvious advantage. And while other riders were quick to follow suit, it was obvious that Miller would be leading the race for a while.

Despite the changes to the tyres, and because many of the riders had done it, there was no punishment issued by the MotoGP governing body.

Fans are understandably outraged over the incident, believing it was completely unfair that Miller was given a starting advantage simply for changing the type of tyres he was using. MotoGP chiefs in particular have come under fire, with many accusing them of not enforcing rules, disallowing advantages for certain riders, and for not punishing those that took the advantages.

Despite the mishaps, the Grand Prix was ultimately won by British Cal Crutchlow after just two races.

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