MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo wants stiffer penalties for reckless riders

MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo wants stiffer penalties for reckless riders

Two-time world MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo believes clear guidelines need to be set to make the sport safer for riders.

Once again, the spotlight has been cast on safety in motorsports following two high-profile incidents recently.

Last weekend, Scottish IndyCar racer Dario Franchitti fractured his spine and ankle after a spectacular collision with Japan's Takuma Sato at the Houston Grand Prix.

And in the most recent MotoGP race in Aragon, Spain, two weeks ago, rookie sensation Marc Marquez brushed the rear of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa's bike while battling for second place early in the race.

In the ensuing collision, Pedrosa's machine crashed, causing the rider to be flung off his bike. Lorenzo, who was in Singapore for a quick visit ahead of this weekend's race in Sepang, Malaysia, believes the Race Direction must step in to make the sport safer.

The Race Direction are a team of officials who monitor and steward races in MotoGP.

When asked about the possible sanctions Marquez could face for his Aragon indiscretion, Lorenzo said yesterday: "I don't think we have to focus on one rider.

"All the riders must have one clear line of what is punishable and what is not.

"The only reason a rider changes his riding style is when he gets penalised. If not, why would you?

"The only way you will change is to lose one race, for example, and understand that if you continue that way you will lose a lot of points."

While Formula One, regarded by many as the pinnacle of motorsports, has become much safer since the 1970s, MotoGP continues to feature its fair share of crashes.

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