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KTM ask for rule clarification

KTM ask for rule clarification

KTM ask for rule clarification

Red Bull KTM team boss Harald Bartol has confirmed that the protest lodged after yesterdays Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi was not personally directed against Swiss rider Thomas Luthi.

The KTM team asked for the capacity of Luthis motor to be checked by the technical delegate after the race - although Luthis motor was found to be within all regulations.

The reason for this protest was nothing personal against Thomas Luthi, but as a catalyst to start a discussion on the current rules for when a race is stopped early because of crash, Bartol said.

I think the sport needs to clarify this rule, which states that the race result will be declared as per the positions on the last completed lap.

The Race Director Paul Butler has agreed that we need to have this discussion and it will now take place.

The Japanese GP was red-flagged after 15 laps when Luthi crashed, causing the stoppage. KTM´s Mika Kallio won the race with Luthi second - his position at the time of the crash

.Bartol says that the rule needs to take into account whether a rider who is the primary cause of a prematurely-stopped race should earn championship points.

Obviously there could be a situation where the world championship could be decided in favour of a rider, and not just a KTM rider, because of this rule, Bartol added.

Perhaps we should have an FIM rule like the world speedway championship where the rider who causes a race stoppage is eliminated from the result, I just want a fair rule that is applied equally for all riders.

125cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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