Cole Thompson Docked 3 Positions in Moto 2|The Photo Sequence
By Billy Rainford
Photos by Bigwave
#4 Thor Racing KTM Canada rider, Cole Thompson, was penalized 3 positions for cutting of the track in the second MX2 moto at Round 6 of the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals at Ulverton MX in Ulverton, Quebec, this past Sunday.
He finished with 1-1 motos but was given a 3-place penalty in the 2nd moto, resulting in 1-4 moto scores and 3rd overall behind #17 Dylan Wright and #15 Shawn Maffenbeier.
A discussion at the end of the day with CMRC Head Referee, Paul Kingsley, confirmed the decision. Paul explained that the usual penalty would be 5 positions normally but because Cole slowed down, put up his hand, and gained no real advantage other than missing a particular section of the track, the penalty was reduced to 3 spots.
Here is the rule from the CMRC Rulebook:
Failure to re-enter the track at a point as close as practical to the point at which the rider left the track; and in so doing gaining an unfair advantage.
Here is the sequence we shot of the incident:
Points after round 6: