Joe Roberts denied elusive Moto2 podium in MotoGP Italian Grand Prix by controversial penalty


Joe Roberts’ elusive first Moto2 podium of 2021 was stripped from him for exceeding track limits on the final lap of the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Mugello. And some top names in the sport believe the penalty should not have happened.

“In the end I got third position, but for the rules, the way they are, it got taken away,” Roberts said after the race. “I don’t agree with this rule and I think a lot of riders could agree with me. I can see in ways when you make a clear advantage that something should happen, but this track – the way it’s designed – the curbs come back on themselves., Really I don’t think there’s any advantage that I gained.”

Roberts was correct. Several riders in the field did agree, including Maverick Vinales and Jack Miller.

“It’s true that the rules are the rules, but sometimes we need to be a little bit more flexible, because for me Joe Roberts did nothing wrong,” said Vinales at “For example, if where Roberts touched the green paint there was grass, nothing would happen, because he’s really straight by that point.”

Miller was even more adamant.

“I think the curb should’ve been painted all the way, or more of an angle, not sharp, a more natural line,” Miller said. “At the end of the day, Joe Roberts losing that position was in my opinion bullshit.

“He deserved it 100 percent. He fought for that win. He didn’t gain anything.”

Roberts’ penalty came in Turn 5 at the Mugello circuit in a corner marked by curbing that is legal to run on and a wide swatch of green paint outside of it. After the turn straightens out, the green painted area veers abruptly across what had been a legal portion of the track.

His penalty equated to the loss of one position, dropping Roberts from third to fourth.

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Robert had another podium taken from him at the Portuguese Grand Prix in Round 3 after contact from another rider on the final lap.

“I think that should be the determining rule on this,” Roberts said. “If you make an advantage, then you should get something. Anyways, it is what it is and there’s not much I can do about it, but tell you I don’t agree with it.”

There were track limit penalties handed out in all three classes at Mugello, including two that canceled one another out in MotoGP.

In Moto2 Remy Gardner scored the victory by +.014 seconds over Raul Fernandez. Italian rider Marco Bezzecchi was awarded the final podium position.

This was the first victory of the season for Gardner, who led the race from flag to flag.

In the MotoGP class, Fabio Quartararo claimed a 2.5-second win over Miguel Oliveira. Joan Mir was third.

The event was marred by an accident in qualification that claimed the life of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

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ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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