MotoGP introduces penalty points system
20 December 2012 – A penalty system will be introduced to all three levels of the MotoGP World Championship in 2013, the Grand Prix Commission announced on Thursday.
Following a year in which stewards were judged to have been either too lenient or overly strict on various occasions, penalty points can now be handed out in an attempt to improve the consistency of punishments. The system will range from one to ten points in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, depending on how serious an incident is.
If a rider collects four points they will be pushed to the back of the grid for the next race, if a rider picks up seven points they will start from the pit lane and if ten points are handed out it will result in a one race ban. After this, the points revert to zero.