MotoGP: Riders can qualify during warm-up

New ruling sounds weird but will mean CRTs stand a better chance of qualifying

Posted: 20 December 2011
by Visordown News

DORNA have announced a number of changes for MotoGP in 2012.

Riders who don't qualify during the qualifying session are now able to qualify for the grid if they post a time equal to or faster than 107% of the fastest rider's time in the warm-up session. Previously, this rule also existed for Free Practice sessions and so now applies to all sessions.

The other rule change that questions MotoGP's standing as the proving ground for the world's ultimate racing motorcycles is the minimum weight limit: it has now been increased to 157kg from 153kg for 2012 and for 2013 will increase again to 160kg.

Nine CRT teams have been approved by the GP Commission to run alongside 12 factory MotoGP teams, meaning there will be at least 21 bikes on the grid in 2012.

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OK, so you can qualify in any session, seems fair enough to me. Why's this going to cause problems? Might be a little dangerous though with bikes going flat chat whilst others are pootling about at the beginning or end of a free practice..

Has this weight rule been driven by Ducati by any chance???

Posted: 20/12/2011 at 11:36

Was just about to say the same!! Little extra weight for the front end?? Little bit more planted??? At no detriment coz others have to follow suit aswell???? Rossi winning good for the sport????


Posted: 20/12/2011 at 12:43

I refuse to have to defend my viewpoint on why VR is good for motogp yet again on this board. Last time was frankly fucking painful.

Posted: 20/12/2011 at 15:33

We all know how Italian teams can be about wanting advantages, look at the Olympic dummy spitters that are Scuderia Ferrari.....

Still, who cares as long as the racing's close. Not me guv'nor...

Posted: 20/12/2011 at 15:53

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