Grand Prix Changes 2012 Regulations

December 16, 2011
By Motorcycle USA Staff
The Grand Prix Commission announced changes to the 2012 regulations following a December 14th meeting in Madrid, Spain. The commission, comprised of Dorna Chairman Camelo Epeleta and representatives from the FIM, IRTA and MSMA, approved a number of alterations to testing rules and technical regulations. It also approved the provisional CRT entries to the 2012 grid.
Dani Pedrosa held the lead in the opening lap  though soon falling to second and out of the race entirely thanks to Marco Simoncelli. - Le Mans 2011
The Grand Prix Commission announced changes to the 2012 regulations, including new minimum weights and approving nine CRT entries expanding the MotoGP grid to 21.

Testing restrictions had already been lifted, allowing contracted riders to participate. The latest announcement specifies the amount of tires available for testing, with a limit of 120 per rider. Other changes include riders being able to qualify for the start grid if they can manage to lap the minimum 107% of the fastest rider in the warmup session.

The big technical change is an increase on the minimum weight requirement for 1000cc MotoGP machines. The 153 kilo (337 pound) minimum has increased to 157 kilos (346 pounds) in 2012 and 160 kilos (353 pounds) in 2013.

The Grand Prix Commission approved nine CRT entries, plus one reserve CRT squad, for participation in the 2012 championship. Combined with the 12 confirmed factory-supplied MotoGP entries, the 2012 grid will total at least 21.

The full text of the commission’s changes is listed below via press release from the FIM. – MCUSA Ed

FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Decision of the Grand Prix Commission

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) in the presence of Javier Alonso (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA) and Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on 14 December in Madrid, decided the following:

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 tires 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.
Effective 2012 157 kilos
Effective 2013 160 kilos

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.

Disciplinary and Arbitration Code

The authority and competence of the Race Direction to impose penalties was extended to cover failure by any party to ensure the efficient running of events or for serious breaches of the regulations. Precise wording for all the changes will be incorporated into the FIM Grand Prix regulations shortly.

The regulations may be viewed on line at WWW.FIM-LIVE.COM  

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