The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Commission recently issued changes to the MotoGP Championship, with some immediate changes and others coming January 1, 2014. Penalties for speeding in pit lane have been increased, MotoGP rookie riders will no longer be able to participate in one three-day test during November/December and penalties for race interruption will take effect immediately. January 1, 2014, Championship organizers will provide ECU and dataloggers to prototype teams. Bore and stroke dimensions have also been frozen for the period of 2013-2015. The regulations taking effect in 2014 are still under negotiation between Dorna, the FIM and manufacturers. The full press release outlining the alterations to the MotoGP championship is included below in full. – MotoUSA Byron Wilson
Rule changes to MotoGP will include a regulation ECU for riders by January 1, 2014. Penalties for speeding in pit lane and race interruption have also been changed.
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 10 November 2012 in Valencia, decided on the following:
Teams and their contracted or nominated riders become subject to all regulations with effect from the start of the “season”. The season is defined as starting on the day after the last race of the preceding season. The effect of this change is that all contracted teams and riders are subject to the same test restrictions.
In the case of an interrupted race then a penalty of starting from pit lane which had been imposed on a rider for the first part of the race will be replaced by a penalty of starting from the rear of the grid whenever the first part of the race has completed more than 50% of the original race distance.
The dispensation to allow MotoGP class “Rookie” riders to participate in one three day test during November/December is cancelled.
The penalty for speeding in pit lane has been increased from €70.00 to €150.00. However, subsequent penalties in the same event will also be €150.00 rather than the previous penalty of €370.00.
Further detail sporting regulation changes were approved but publication of these will be postponed until after the next Grand Prix Commission meeting on 13 December.
Effective 01 January 2014:
The use of the ECU and datalogger provided by the Championship organisers is compulsory.
MSMA manufacturers, supplying machines for a maximum of four entries per manufacturer, will use their own electronics software but in this case are subject to a maximum fuel capacity of 20 litres.
All other machines must use the ECU, datalogger and software provided by the Championship organisers and these machines may have a maximum fuel capacity of 24 litres.
The maximum number of engines that may be used in a season is limited to:
- MSMA manufacturers machines (Maximum four per manufacturer) 5 engines
- MSMA manufacturers in their first season of participation 9 engines
- All other entries 12 engines
Engines are frozen for all races of the same season.
In addition to the changes effective 2014, bore and stroke dimensions are frozen for the three year period 2013 to 2015.
Important Note: The above regulation changes are subject to the satisfactory conclusion of ongoing negotiations between FIM, Dorna and the Manufacturers concerning the supply of additional machines and engines for use by other teams from 2014. Contracts for the supply of these machines, engines, parts and technical support must be concluded between Dorna and the Manufacturers prior to the first event of 2013. Only then will the technical regulation changes be finally adopted.
The minimum weight for this class will now be 215 kg being the combined weight of the machine and rider, including the rider’s protective equipment, on bike, camera, etc. Ballast may be added to achieve the minimum weight.
Further detail technical regulation changes were approved but publication of these will be postponed until after the next Grand Prix Commission meeting on 13 December.
Best Grand Prix
IRTA had agreed that the Best Grand Prix, previously decided exclusively by IRTA members should instead be nominated by the Grand Prix Commission representing all parties involved in the Championship. The Commission decided to confirm the Malaysian GP at Sepang as the best Grand Prix of 2012.
A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the changes may be viewed on: