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Motorcycling: Yamaha handed MotoGP points deduction for technical infringement

FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - Andalucia Grand Prix - Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - July 26, 2020 Petronas Yamaha SRT's Fabio Quartararo in action during the race REUTERS/Jon Nazca

(Reuters) - Yamaha have been docked 50 constructors' championship points by MotoGP stewards after making technical changes to their engine without obtaining unanimous approval from other manufacturers, the sport's governing FIM said in a statement here on Thursday.

Autosport had reported that Yamaha were under investigation by stewards for allegedly breaching homologation rules with engines used in the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix.

An FIM ruling said Yamaha failed to respect the protocol due to an “internal oversight” and docked the constructor double the points they earned from Fabio Quartararo’s victory in Jerez.

The Monster Energy Yamaha factory team have also had 20 points deducted from their championship tally, while satellite outfit Petronas Yamaha SRT were docked 37 points.

The penalty drops Yamaha to third in the manufacturers’ standings on 158 points behind new leaders Ducati (171) and Suzuki (163).

None of Yamaha’s riders have been docked points in the riders’ championship, with Frenchman Quartararo, Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian Franco Morbidelli all within 25 points of Spanish leader Joan Mir of Suzuki.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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