Tire Pressure Violations: Which MotoGP Riders Are Close to Serving A Penalty?

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Published:   17th October 2023

In 2023, MotoGP revolutionizes its tire pressure regulation. Find out which riders were under the pressure minimum and are about to be penalized.

Since the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, a minimum tire pressure regulation has been in effect for MotoGP, applicable to Michelin’s supplied tires.

Riders in the premier class face severe consequences if they fall below this minimum pressure, with the possibility of disqualification.

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In the past, each MotoGP team used their own tire pressure sensors. However, in 2023, a standardized system was introduced, mandatory for all bikes, ensuring consistent measurements.

The sensors are checked before and after the race to ensure they function correctly. If operational, the sensors monitor during the race whether the minimum pressure is undercut in a lap.

These values, varying for front and rear tires and based on the track, are determined by Michelin for each race.

This verification occurs only during sprints and races, with no consequences for other sessions. Falling below the minimum pressure during a sprint or Grand Prix results in time penalties.

A first offense leads to a warning. Any further violation results in a time penalty. This penalty system is temporary, allowing teams to adjust to the new minimum pressures.

1st violationWarning
2nd violation3-second penalty
3rd violation6-second penalty
4th violation12-second penalty

Disqualification upon the first violation will be enforced at a later time, determined by MotoGP stewards, led by former world champion Freddy Spencer.

Several riders have violated the regulation since its implementation. Here’s a list of all violations so far:

Rider# of violationsGrand Prix
Maverick Vinales1Catalunya Grand Prix
Dani Pedrosa1San Marino Grand Prix
Aleix Espargaro2Indonesian Grand Prix, Thailand Grand Prix
Marco Bezzecchi1Indonesian Grand Prix
Franco Morbidelli1Indonesian Grand Prix
Raul Fernandez1Indonesian Grand Prix
Pol Espargaro1Thailand Grand Prix
Jorge Martin1Thailand Grand Prix
Marc Marquez1Thailand Grand Prix
Francesco Bagnaia1Malaysian Grand Prix
Luca Marini1Malaysian Grand Prix
Alvaro Bautista1Malaysian Grand Prix
Enea Bastianini1Malaysian Grand Prix
Iker Lecuona1Malaysian Grand Prix
Johann Zarco1Qatar Grand Prix
Augusto Fernandez1Qatar Grand Prix
Jack Miller1Qatar Grand Prix
Alex Marquez1Qatar Grand Prix

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