MotoGP Riders Will Now Be Fined For Offensive Gestures At Each Other On Track

Waving at the fans is at least acceptable, Rossi. Photo credit: Mirco Lazzari gp/Stringer/Getty Images
Waving at the fans is at least acceptable, Rossi. Photo credit: Mirco Lazzari gp/Stringer/Getty Images

MotoGP World Championship riders recently got a set of new rules and fines for hand gestures on track, which governs them all like a bunch of middle schoolers with access to adult TV and money. As Honda rider Cal Crutchlow said, “You’re not allowed to stick fingers up, wanker signs, nothing.” Terrible.


The new rules came in an email to riders between the San Marino and Aragon events, Crutchlow told Racer. A fan of the “little bit of spice” that throwing up fingers and offensive sexual gestures add, Crutchlow said he was disappointed with the change and joked that the fines would send him bankrupt.

Here’s the rest of what Crutchlow had to say on the move, from Racer:

“At the end of the day, it’s what you feel at the time. It’s no different to live TV [commentators] saying it, is it? I like it.”

The LCR Honda rider conceded he could understand the move to a point, noting “we don’t want to bring a load of bad stuff into the sport.”


The rules came after an exchange between Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro during practice for the San Marino event, in which Racer reports that Rossi said Espargaro was more in the wrong. Still, Racer reports that Rossi agreed with Crutchlow about keeping “bad stuff” out of the sport. From Racer:

“Espagaro did a big mistake because he stayed on the line,” [Rossi] said. “When I was running into him he said to me, ‘F*** you!’ My mistake is that I do like this [raises middle finger], but apart from that I was right 100 percent.

“When I do this [repeats gesture] maybe I exaggerate a little bit, so it’s right you can’t do like this. But from the other side, when one rider is on the track he has to keep attention to the other one; if not, it’s not fair, and it’s a lot worse [than hand gestures].”

The fines only come when riders are on track, for now. Sounds like Rossi read into the details on that one.

Staff writer, Jalopnik

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You know, this is the first season in MotoGP history where 8 different riders have won races. Ducati, Suzuki, and two satellite riders in the mix, all at the same time. It’s made for some unpredictable and crazy-awesome racing.

A new tire manufacturer, spec electronics implemented across the board, and a huge change in rider/team contracts signed for next year have all made this one of the most dynamic and exciting seasons to watch in years.

But yeah, I guess this is news, too. A shame none of the actual racing gets covered here.