If you are a follower of any form of track racing, then you are familiar with grid girls. They are also the part of the MotoGP championship. But now a Spanish political party had enough of grid girls in the Spanish round of the MotoGP.
Spain's political party Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds is trying to implement rules on grid girls in an attempt to put an end to the so-called sexist practices in the motorsport. A new rule has also been proposed in this regard.
The new rule is proposed for the Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona. The new rule would not ban the grid girls but has proposed a dress code for them. The new rule also wants to bring gender normalisation by adding an equal number of grid boys.
In an interview with a radio station, the spokesperson of the political party, Jordi Manils stated that the practice is outdated. Manils said, "The role the grid girls play today at the Circuit de Catalunya is not fitting of the 21st century, of a society that aims to be modern and egalitarian."
He added, "What it does is objectify and vex women with a role in which they are a simple object and an ornament of the situation." Previously, the Jerez city council stated that the practice should be stopped for the Spanish GP.
But the MotoGP series organiser, Dorna Sports did not go with the decision of Jerez council. The role of grid girls has been under the scanner for recent years as the sport aims to attract more female viewers.
Several teams have already put an end to the practice of using grid girls. The Pull and Bear Aspar Ducati team have decided not to use grid girls as it doesn't fit with their sponsor for the 2017 season.