After 10 years of successful partnership, Dorna Sports has extended its relationship with Swiss watchmaker Tissot as the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of MotoGP.
Tissot will continue as the official timing partner of the FIM’s flagship motorcycle racing championship, MotoGP.
2011 Superbike, Supersport & Superstock
For 2011, a few modifications were made to the World Superbike series, including some changes to the Saturday afternoon WSBK Superpole Qualifying sessions.
According to the FIM, here’s the way Superpole will go in 2011:
First Season: Official Tire Supplier
The 2009 MotoGP season was the first for Bridgestone as the series’ Official Tire Supplier. This meant that rather than supporting seven teams and a total of thirteen riders by the end of last year, Bridgestone supplied tires and provided support to every team and rider on the grid. In total there were five race-winners, including the first MotoGP win for Andrea Dovizioso and the first on Bridgestone tires for Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, and eleven different riders finished on the podium.
Involved for many years in the field of environmental protection and proud of the agreement with the United Nations Environment Program, since two years, the FIM has been committed to an initiative aiming at the reduction of sound levels of motorcycles used in off-road competitions.
The Selection Committee comprising delegates of the FIM, Dorna and IRTA met on the 5th November in Valencia to select the teams which will be invited to participate in 2010.
MotoGP: 125cc Class
A total of 15 teams with 28 riders were accepted.
MotoGP: Moto2 Class
A total of 23 teams with 37 riders were accepted. All of the accepted teams have confirmed their participation by lodging a security deposit with IRTA.
For both classes there is a list of reserve teams in case of any eventual withdrawals.
World’s Fastest Motorcycle
Click video to watch the BUB 7 Streamliner, which is now the fastest motorcycle in the world. Well known and much liked racer Chris Carr set the new motorcycle land speed record. Chris Carr’s record runs beat both the FIM world record and the AMA national record with a recorded speed of 367.382 mph through the mile with an exit speed of 372.534 mph.
R1 MotoGP Wizardry
You may think your connection to MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is distant, but with the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1, that bond is tighter than you think. And you can credit Yamaha’s latest technological advance in four-cylinder engine design to none other than ‘The Doctor’.
The Selection Committee comprising delegates of the FIM, Dorna and IRTA met on the 2nd October in Estoril to select the teams which will be invited to participate in 2010.
Teams comprising a total of 39 riders were accepted. Teams comprising a total of 10 riders were placed on a reserve list. A detailed list is reproduced below.
The penalties for an infringment of article 2.3.6 (Engine durability in MotoGP: a maximum of 5 engines may be used by each rider for the final 7 scheduled races of the season, that is from and including the Czech Grand Prix until the end of the season) are:
- The rider will start the race from the back of the grid
- The constructor will have 10 points deducted from its championship classification
Click video to see the 1982 FIM 500cc World Champion, Brad Lackey talk about his friend Danny ‘Magoo’ Chandler and Brad’s fund to raise money to build Danny a new special needs van that will allow Danny to continue to do his work on motorcycle safety.