The FIM banned Moto2 newcomer Dani Rivas from the Grands Prix of Aragon on Sept. 29 and Malaysia on Oct. 13 after it ruled the Spaniard was responsible for a crash during morning warm-up earlier this month at Silverstone that injured Rivas and competitor Steven Odendaal.
Rivas was making angry gestures while looking at another rider at the end of the warm-up and crashed into the rear of Odendaal, who was preparing to make a practice start. Both riders were injured, with Rivas suffering a broken collarbone, concussion and damage to his ribs and vertebrae. Avintia Blusens newcomer Rivas was scheduled to miss Misano due to his injuries, so the FIM decided to start his ban at the next event.
There are some eerie similarities to this crash and the wreck when Marc Marquez slammed into the back of Ratthapark Wilairot at end of practice at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix. Then-Moto2 golden child Marquez was only assessed a time penalty, which caused him to start last on the grid.
Meanwhile, the FIM dropped the hammer on Rivas, ignoring the penalty points system it devised to punish riders this season. Rivas has scored zero points this season, so suspicions of selective punishment - making an example of a rider who isn't contending for a title like Marquez in 2011 - certainly abound.