Grand Prix Commision updates race regulations

Penalties re-evaluated

THE Grand Prix Commision has changed race regulations for 2015 in a meeting at Valencia.

False starts will only result in penalties if Race Direction judges that an advantage has been gained by the rider. 

Exceeding track limits will no longer automatically result in a drop of position for the rider. Instead, Race direction will determine the penalty. 

In addition, riders may use machines from other disciplines such as supermoto when familiarising themselves with tracks. 

The press release said:

'Sporting Regulations – Effective 2015

  • Riders or other persons using scooters for track familiarisation must wear a crash helmet.
  • Use of motorcycles from other disciplines, (motocross, enduro, supermoto, etc.) may be used for track familiarisation away from events without restriction.
  • Teams in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes, testing on either of their designated circuits, may not use a contracted rider from another team in the same class.
  • In a situation where a rider anticipates the start with a slight movement but then stops, and is stationary when the red light goes out, Race Direction will be the sole judge of whether an advantage has been gained and if a penalty will be imposed.
  • When riders are adjudged to have exceeded the track limits during the race then Race Direction will decide what penalty is to be imposed. (Automatic drop of position is no longer the only possible penalty).
  • When a group of riders are being lapped and the blue flag is displayed then there can be no changes of position within the group of riders until the rider lapping them has passed.

MotoGP Class Technical Regulations – Effective 2015 

The details of the procedure for technical control of MotoGP class engines were confirmed. MotoGP class engines may be required to be dismantled for checking by the Technical Director. However, the team may then rebuild that engine, using new parts, and the engine may then be used for the balance of its normal life, determined as 3,600 km.'

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