The Grand Prix Commission took the opportunity at Brno to announce various changes to the rules for MotoGP for this season, as well as some changes for 2010. They also took the opportunity to confirm that the 125cc class will make way for a MOto3 series in 2012.
As expected, there have been some radical overhauls to the maximum engine rule that many teams are starting to struggle with – current rules state that teams are only allowed a maximum of 6 engines, and if they use more than their alloted amount, then riders will be required to start races from the pit lane.
Carmelo Ezpeleta said:
“Today we had many different things to discuss in the GP Commission, things that were proposed in the last commission and that were to be approved today. The most important is regarding the MotoGP class, with clarification that to be a Claiming Rule Team (in 2012) the team must present their candidacy and then be unanimously approved by the Grand Prix Commission members. Secondly, regarding the technical exception we have for the CRTs, that they have 12 engines instead of six and 24 litres fuel capacity instead of 21. This exception can be changed with the majority approval of the GP Commission members. The rest of the rules remain as they were.”
“We have also agreed that from 2012 the 125cc class will be replaced by Moto3, this has been approved in principle by all the members. The MSMA gave a majority approval and the rest of the members – the FIM, IRTA, and Dorna – have all approved. The basic concept is a 250cc, 4-stroke, one-cylinder engine with a maximum bore of 81mm. The aim is to make this category more competitive and cheaper. Our idea now is to make it a multi-engine category and not a single-engine class. Many things are still to be discussed but it is to be implemented for the 2012 season.”
Read all the changes that were announced below:
- MotoGP class for 2012 -
Technical Specifications (as already announced on 17/02/10)
Capacity: Up to 1000cc
Number of maximum cylinders: 4
Maximum bore: 81mm
Maximum weight: 150 kg (up to 800cc) and 153 kg (over 800cc)
Maximum number of engines available for use by each rider: 6
Fuel tank capacity: 21 litres
Exceptions for Claiming Rule Teams (CRT’s):
Maximum number of engines available for use by each rider: 12
Fuel tank capacity: 24 litres
The selecion of the Claiming Rule Teams (CRT’s) will be by unanimous decision of the Grand Prix Commission. Modification to this exception due to performance of the teams requires the simple majority of the Grand Prix Commission.
- Immediate application -
Official MotoGP post-race tests
For these tests of 1 day duration, each rider will be restricted in the quantity and specification of tyres that they may use at a single test event as follows:
For all practice sessions, a maximum of 8 slick tyres will be allocated, specifically:
Front slick tyres: 2 of Specification “A” + 2 of Specification “B” = 4 in total.
Rear slick tyres: 2 of Specification “A” + 2 of Specification “B” = 4 in total.
During all practice sessions, a maximum of 4 wet tyres, specifically:
Front wet tyres: 2 of the standard specification
Rear wet tyres: 2 of the standard specification
In addition each rider may use 1 set of tyres (1 front + 1 rear) retained from their allocation for the preceding event. These tyres may be new or used (NB. used tyres must still be mounted on wheels from the preceding event), and the team must inform the tyre supplier which set of tyres (1 front + 1 rear), if any, they wish to retain for the test within 2 hours of the preceding race finish.
Number of engines for MotoGP
For 2010 the manufacturer members of MSMA who did not win at least 2 dry races in 2008 + 2009 seasons can use 9 engines instead of 6.
Event schedule for the Gran Premio de Aragon
The schedule below prepared by Dorna has been agreed:
Friday, 17 September 2010
09:05-09:45 – 125cc Free Practice 1
10:05-10:50 – MotoGP Free Practice 1
11:10-11:50 – Moto2 Free Practice 1
13:05-13:45 – 125cc Free Practice 2
14:05-14:50 – MotoGP Free Practice 2
15:10-15:50 – Moto2 Free Practice 2
Saturday, 18 September 2010
09:05-09:45 – 125cc Free Practice 3
10:05-10:50 – MotoGP Free Practice 3
11:10-11:50 – Moto2 Free Practice 3
13:05-13:45 – 125cc Qualifying Practice
14:05-14:50 – MotoGP Qualifying Practice
15:10-15:55 – Moto2 Qualifying Practice
Sunday, 19 September 2010
08:40-09:00 – 125cc Warm Up
09:10-09:30 – Moto2 Warm Up
09:40-10:00 – MotoGP Warm Up
11:00 – 125cc Race (19 laps)
12:15 – Moto2 Race (21 laps)
14:00 – MotoGP Race (23 laps)
- Application 2012 -
Newcoming manufacturer in MotoGP
Any new manufacturer entering the MotoGP class and not being selected Claming Rule Team (CRT) will be allowed to use 9 engines instead of 6 for their first season.
The 125cc class will be replaced by the Moto3 class. The basic technical rules of this class are:
- Single cylinder 250cc 4-stroke engines with a maximum bore of 81 mm.
- Each engine should last for 3 races minimum and cost not more than 10,000 € (final cost will be announced)
- Each manufacturer if required should be ready to supply a minimum of 15 riders.
This proposal has been agreed by the majority of MSMA.
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