MotoGP | Yamaha to lose constructors points due to illegal engine
An investigation made during European GP weekend at Valencia forced Yamaha to lose points in the constructors championship. According to technical director, Iwata’s team used illegal valves in the first Grand Prix of the season
Yamaha just before the European GP start suffered a bad news regarding his championship. An investigation has been made on their engines as there was the possibility that the Japanese Team made something illegal in the first round of the season at Jerez with them.
Valentino Rossi, Franco Morbidelli and Maverick Vinales both had problems with their engines with the first one forced to retire during the first Grand Prix of 2020. A second issue compromised Morbidelli’s second race where he was fighting for a podium spot.
Yamaha made request to the MSMA to open their engines to understand the problem but in a second moment they retired the request saying that everything was fine.
A few months later the question was not over yet as it was opened an investigation regarding an illegal use of valves in the engines. The thread was that Yamaha ran an engine with valves not in the sample engine submitted to MotoGP technical direction for homologation pre-season.
In the evening of European GP Thursday Yamaha received a points penalty but only regarding constructors championship. Yamaha is about to lose every point conquered during the first Grand Prix of the season.
That means Yamaha loses 50 points in the constructors championship while Monster Yamaha Energy lost 20 points in the Team Championship and Petronas Yamaha SRT is about to drop 36 points.
The sanction does not affect riders’ championship, but everything could happen at this stage. Surely it was not the best way to start the third last weekend of the season for Yamaha.