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GP Commission Issues Changes for 2013

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Jorge Lorenzo  99  came in second at Estoril followed by Dani Pedrosa  26  in third.
MotoGP qualifying procedures were recently changed for the 2013 season by the Grand Prix Commission at Motegi.
The Grand Prix Commission recently met during the MotoGP round at Motegi and agreed on new qualifying regulations for the 2013 season. There will now be two qualifying sessions, with the top-10 riders in practice entered in the 15-minute Q2. Riders outside the top-10 will battle in Q1 for two spots to advance to Q2 as Q2 determines the top 12 grid positions. The FIM issued a press release outlining the new regulation, as well as a change to the definition of “season” to be understood as “starting on the day after the final race of the year and finishing on the day of the final race of the following year.” The full FIM release is included below.– MotoUSA Staff

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) and Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on 13 October in Motegi (Japan), decided the following:

Sporting Regulations Effective immediately:

The “season” will now be defined as starting on the day after the final race of the year and finishing on the day of the final race of the following year.

The reason for this change is that some regulations currently refer to restrictions on activities in a “calendar year." It is thought more relevant to determine that the new season starts with testing etc., immediately after the last race.
 
One effect of this change is that Manufacturers competing in the MotoGP class will now have to nominate their three designated testing circuits before the conclusion of the last race of the year. Non-factory teams may now use a contracted rider or a non-contracted test rider, approved by Race Direction, to carry out testing using the “test tire allocation."

Effective 01 January 2013:

There will be a new procedure for grid qualification for the MotoGP Class.

New Procedure
1. The three existing sessions of free practice will be unchanged, however, the combined times from those sessions will determine participation in the final qualifying practice.
2. The ten fastest riders will be seeded through to Qualifying Practice 2 (QP2).
3. All other riders will take part in Qualifying Practice 1 (QP1).
4. The fastest two riders in QP1 will progress to QP2, making a total of 12 riders competing for the first 12 grid positions.
5. The riders not in the fastest two places in QP1 will take grid positions 13 and above according to their times in QP1.

New Practice Timings

Day One
Free Practice 1 45 Minutes (Unchanged) Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation
Free Practice 2 45 Minutes (Unchanged) Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Day Two - Morning
Free Practice 3 45 Minutes (Unchanged) Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation
 
Day Two - Afternoon - New Schedule
Free Practice 4 30 Minutes Not Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation
Break 10 Minutes
Qualifying Practice 1 15 minutes
Break 10 Minutes
Qualifying Practice 2 15 minutes
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