Fabio Quartararo has been hand a three-second penalty after the conclusion of the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona, for riding with his leathers open.
The Frenchman’s leathers came open in the first half of Lap 21, after which he discarded his chest protector, and he went on to finish the remaining laps with the leathers completely open, the wind having forced the zip open completely.
At the time, Quartararo was allowed to continue the race, crossing the line in third position, though he was later demoted to fourth for exceeding track limits at Turn 1.
Five hours after the race, the Frenchman was handed a second penalty, for riding with his leathers open. That three-second penalty put him behind Joan Mir and Maverick Viñales, dropping him to sixth on the race results.
The penalty was issued for contravening section 184.108.40.206 – Rider’s Safety Equipment – of the FIM MotoGP regulations. That section states:
The equipment must be worn, correctly fastened, at all times during on-track activity.
Quartararo had attempted to close his leathers again, but once the zip is completely open, it is very difficult to close while wearing gloves.
The zip had opened all the way to below the waist, and zipping it back up again would have required two hands to do properly.