The American Motorcyclist Association announced today that it has fined Monster Energy Factory Yamaha’s Chad Reed $5,000 and docked him five championship points earned Saturday night at Round 13 of Monster Energy Supercross in St. Louis after Reed “failed to follow the direction of the AMA officials indicated by the blue flag” and impeded the progress of second place rider Ryan Dungey while being lapped in 16th position.
In their announcement, the AMA cited rule 4.17.a of the official rulebook, which states:
4.17 Flags and Lights
It is the rider’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings at all times while on track. Safety is a main priority and the riders must obey all official signals and directions given to them. Any rider failing to do so may be penalized.
- Solid Blue Flag:
- Indicates you are about to be overtaken by faster riders.
- When conditions allow, move out of the fast line.
- Hold your line (do not ride erratically) and do not impede the faster riders progress.
- Riders disregarding the blue flag may be black-flagged at the discretion of Race Director.
According to the AMA, no appeal has been filed and the decision of the Race Director is final. All fines collected are donated to the Alpinestar Mobile Medical Unit.