Rookie Rule Scrapped, One-Bike Rule Nixed

June 29, 2012
Bart Madson
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The Grand Prix Commission has announced some changes to MotoGP rules and regulations after meeting at the Assent TT. Included in the changes is a repeal of the Rookie Rule, as well as a freeze on engine bore and stroke dimensions through the end of the 2014 season.
Lorenzo out front of a hungry pack  the Spaniard would go on to win the GP at Silverstone.
The Grand Prix Commission has repealed of the Rookie Rule, as well as a freeze on engine bore and stroke through the end of the 2014 season.

Rookie Rule Scrapped

As expected, the Rookie Rule has been scrapped for the 2013 season. The rule had prevented rookies from riding for a factory team. The decision will allow Marc Marquez to be promoted directly to the Repsol Honda squad, replacing the retiring Casey Stoner.

Officials also declared the maximum number of entries from a manufacturer for 2013, stating: “In the MotoGP class manufacturers are restricted to two direct entries per manufacturer and may provide material for a maximum of two entries per manufacturer operated by Independent teams.”

Technical Regulations

The Grand Prix Commission approved an immediate freeze on engine bore and stroke dimensions. Effective immediately, the bore and stroke may not be altered until the end of the 2014 season. Technical changes for the 2013 season include restrictions to the gearbox. Teams will be limited to “a maximum of 24 possible gear ratios and four possible ratios for the primary gear.”

One-Bike Rule Nixed & Carbon Fiber Brakes Stay

The Commission decided to pass on implementation of the one-bike rule, a measure employed in the World Superbike and several national Superbike series to cut costs. Officials also rejected a proposal to ditch carbon fiber brakes, another cost-cutting measure.

The biggest news from the Commission meeting may be what wasn’t decided. Officials did not announce radical changes such as introduction of a rev limiter or spec ECU, which appear to have been tabled for now.

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