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.
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Messrs. Vito Ippolito (FIM President), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Sport Director), Javier Alonso (Dorna) and Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on August 29 in Indianapolis (USA) unanimously decided the following:
For immediate application:
Changes to Article 2.9 Tyre restrictions for MotoGP
Fresh off winning the Czech Grand Prix in Brno earlier this month, Nicolas "Nico" Terol and his Blackstone Tek (BST) wheel-equipped Aprilia come to America second in the FIM 125cc Grand Prix standings.
Terol, a 5’6", 127 lb. Spaniard who celebrates his 21st birthday today, persevered through a torrential rain storm at last year’s inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP to score his first grand prix win by 1.7 seconds. Riding the number 18 Jack & Jones WRB entry, he went on to turn his first podiums and race victory into a fifth-place championship performance.
The FIM today announced the provisional calendar for the 2010 MotoGP World Championship as the following:
Date > Grand Prix > Circuit
April 11th* > Qatar > Losail
April 25th > Japan > Motegi
May 2nd > Spain > Jerez
May 16th > France > Le Mans
May 30th > Italy > Mugello
June 6th > Great Britain > Silverstone
June 26th** > Netherlands > Assen
July 4th > Catalunya > Catalunya
July 18th >Germany > Sachsenring
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Mr Alonso (Dorna) and Mr Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on July 25 in Donington (Great-Britain), decided unanimously to introduce the following amendments to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations. (Changes to the Press Release of 08 April in bold).
For immediate application:
– Sporting Regulations –
Land Speed Record
Dave Campos, a holder of the motorcycle land speed record for 16 years sums it up nicely: "Having the record is like standing on a block of ice with your hands tied behind your back and a noose around your neck." In my case, it had been a long, fast journey to the block, but the ice was already melting before I stepped up.
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Messrs. Vito Ippolito (FIM President), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Sport Director), Javier Alonso (Dorna) and Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on June 26 in Assen (The Netherlands), unanimously decided the following:
It has been confirmed that:
1. Teams may present a maximum of 2 motorcycles per rider for technical control.
Following the success of the TTXGP race held on the Isle of Man on June 12, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. This new FIM Series will be run inside the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission, a great and innovative project led by Mr Azhar Hussain a UK Entrepreneur founder of the TTXGP.
The Selection Committee comprising delegates from the FIM, Dorna and IRTA met on the 11th June to consider applications from teams wishing to participate in the Moto2 class in 2010.
It was decided to provisionally offer entries in this class to 27 teams (41 riders). A further 10 teams were placed on a reserve list and, regrettably, it was necessary to refuse applications from 10 teams.
By the deadline, IRTA have received valid applications from 47 teams requesting entries for a total of 91 riders. All of the applicants, with the exception of one team with two riders, have requested to participate with Moto2 machines.
The regular selection Committee composed of representatives of FIM, Dorna and IRTA will meet at the Catalunya Grand Prix (Spain) to establish the provisional Moto2 – 250cc entry list for 2010.
Just in from the FIM… During the preceding Grand Prix (or the official test organised by Dorna/IRTA, in the case of the first Grand Prix), the tyre supplier will inform the teams of the two front tyre specifications that will be available for the next Grand Prix. Teams must inform the tyre supplier of the number of each front slick specification required no later than 2 hours after the finish of the MotoGP race of this preceding Grand Prix (or 2 hours after the end of the final session of the official test, in the case of the first Grand Prix).
Off-road riders who cut their teeth on dirt bikes in the mid-1960s have borne witness to the rise and fall from favor of the two-stroke. From Joel Robert’s first FIM motocross championship in 1964 on a CZ to Suzuki-mounted Ricky Carmichael’s AMA Supercross title in 2005, two-strokes ruled the premium series, earning their dominance the hard way—going head-to-head with the reignin thumpers of the era until they developed enough sophistication to be superior performers.