Toni Elias was banned from Free Practice 1 today at the Czech GP because he and his team, Gresini Racing, violated rules concerning when teams can test during the summer break. Holding a quick testing session at the Misano Circuit, Gresini and Elias were found to have broken the rules concerning testing, and were levied a €3,000 fine and banned from participating in today’s one-hour practice session. Gresini Racing opted not to appeal the ruling, saying they had not read the rules carefully enough regarding testing sessions. Whoops!
Elias isn’t appealing the judgment either, and is likely just happy that he was not docked any Championship points, as the Spanish rider currently is leading the Moto2 Championship by 42 points. Gresini and Elias will be back in action on Saturday, and will have to chance down Fonsi Nieto & Karel Abraham.