2012 MotoGP: Additional Rule Changes

2012 MotoGP

Many changes have occurred in MotoGP for 2012, the biggest being a 1000cc engine capacity and the addition of CRT (Claiming Rules Team) prototypes.

And on Wednesday, the Grand Prix Commission held a meeting and decided on additional new regulations for the 2012 MotoGP season.

Following are the regulation changes for 2012 MotoGP:

Sporting Regulations

A revised wording of the testing regulation was approved. This incorporated the various decisions made earlier in 2011 concerning this matter.

Additionally it was decided that contracted riders in the MotoGP class may also test machines using the allocation of 240 tires available to each manufacturer’s team. Previously such testing was restricted to test riders only. In the interest of fair competition it was also agreed that other MotoGP class riders could exclusively test their team machines with a limit of 120 tyres per rider.

It was agreed that riders who did not qualify for the race based on their time in the qualifying practice can qualify if they achieve a time at least equal to 107% of the fastest rider in the warm up. This is an addition to the previous regulation which only considered free practice sessions.

Under the regulation concerning MotoGP class riders starting the race from pit lane due to an engine durability sanction, it was agreed that in future they will start ten seconds after the green light is shown at the pit lane exit.

Riders in all classes may now use a starter engine on the grid. For all classes tyre warmers may now remain in place until the display of the one minute board. Generators must still be removed at the three minute board.

Technical Regulations

With effect from 2012, for all classes, it will be compulsory to display a red rear light in rain conditions.

The minimum weight limits for 1000cc machines in the MotoGP class will be increased from the current 153 kilos (336.6 lbs.)
– Effective from 2012: 157 kilos (345.4 lbs.)
– Effective from 2013: 160 kilos (352 lbs.)

The permitted wheel sizes for the Moto3 class were confirmed as:
Front 2.50" x 17" only
Rear 3.50" x 17" only

Several detail changes to regulations, submitted by the Technical Director were all approved.

A list of MotoGP class entries for 2012 was considered by the Commission. The list contained nine entries plus one reserve entry using CRT machinery of various types. Participation of all CRT entries was approved by the Commission on the understanding that the granting of CRT Status was subject to review by the Grand Prix Commission at any time.

Each CRT is a privateer MotoGP entry that will be permitted to have certain flexibility in fuel-tank capacity and engines, making them competitive to run with the other prototypes.