Riders could be punished for PR absences

MotoGP riders need to participate in promotional events in 2016 or face sporting penalties if they fail to so, according to the sport’s Grand Prix Commission.

In a statement released by the sport’s Grand Prix Commission, it was confirmed that missing media or fan activities could result in a sporting sanction.

“A number of obligations for riders to participate in promotional activities, already contained in the Participation Agreements between IRTA [International Road Racing Teams Association] and the Teams, will now also be included in the Grand Prix regulations,” read a statement issued.

“Such obligations include the requirement for riders to participate in autograph signing sessions, press conferences, parade laps, etc.

“The effect is that non-compliance by riders can now result in sporting penalties in addition to the financial penalties contained in the Participation Agreements.”