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Why MotoGP's stewards panel needs to be reviewed
The inconsistent sanctioning policy of the FIM Stewards Panel, and the discontent that has spread among the three grids of the MotoGP World Championship as a result, makes an intervention essential to preserve the prestige of the championship
During one of the most tumultuous seasons in the history of the series, the body that is supposed to steady the MotoGP ship and ensure that the code of conduct between riders is respected, is coming up short.
A lack of consistency in the criteria being followed lately by the FIM Stewards has been met with a wave of criticism from riders in all three categories. Complaints are nothing new, but rarely have they been so multiple and so unanimous as they have been during the back-to-back rounds at the Red Bull Ring.
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Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars
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