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|12-18-2015, 12:01 PM||#1|
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FIM announces changes to MotoGP rules for 2016
More tyres and an end to the open class
CHANGES to MotoGP’s rules for 2016 will see a higher tyre allocation each weekend plus an end to the open class.
For 2016 each team in MotoGP will be run the same Magneti Marelli hardware loaded with Dorna’s own software. The switch to one electronics package across the whole class means an end to the ‘Open’ and ‘Factory’ bikes and all references to them will be removed from the rules.
Along with the change to Michelins from 2016, teams will also see their tyres allocations rise. There will be one extra slick available, bringing the total for a weekend up to 22. Teams will also get more wets – with seven fronts and rears available, up from five. Intermediates are also back, with riders getting three of each front and rear.
With regards to the rule changes, the FIM said in a press release:
Re-Starting Interrupted Races
In order to minimise the time taken to restart an interrupted race a new procedure has been approved for all classes. This will involve a shorter time spent in the pit lane before the new sighting lap and a significantly shorter countdown on the grid prior to the warm up lap. (Engines will not be stopped and only one mechanic per rider will be permitted onto the grid).
In the Moto3 and Moto2 classes when there is more than one race interruption the length of the restarted race will always be 2/3 of the previous race, with a minimum of five laps. So, for example, if the first restarted race was 2/3 of the original race distance then the distance of the second restarted race would be 2/3 of that distance – always with a minimum of five laps. In situations where a restarted race has been interrupted after less than five laps then the distance for the next race will be determined by Race Direction with a minimum of five laps.
For all classes the regulations have been amended to ensure that when a rider uses a machine of the same capacity as the relevant MotoGP class, this can only be a standard production road homologated machine.
Penalties for Using Engines over Allocation
In the Moto3 and MotoGP classes, where more than one extra engine is taken at a single event then penalties for the second and any subsequent extra engines will be carried forward to the next event(s).
Rider’s Safety Equipment
Following consultation with all major suppliers of helmets, leathers, boots, etc., new regulations have been approved covering the specifications of equipment used by riders. Procedures for control and testing were also approved.
MotoGP Class Tyres
In line with the appointment of Michelin as the Official Tyre Supplier, the allocations of slick tyres have been modified. Riders will now be permitted to use a maximum of 22 tyres (10 front and 12 rear).
For wet tyres the allocation is a maximum of 7 front and 7 rear.
Riders will now also have the option of an intermediate tyre with a maximum allocation of 3 front and 3 rear.
Engine Allocations – MotoGP Class
It has already been agreed that manufacturers can homologate three different engine specifications which may be used by different riders during the season. It has now been agreed that manufacturers who lose “concessions” may homologate additional engine specifications for the first season after losing those concessions. However, the maximum number of different specifications is related to the number of Satellite teams being supplied. The formula to be used to calculate this number is:
One Factory team + 2 Satellite teams = 3 different specifications
One Factory team + 3 Satellite teams = 4 different specifications
One Factory team + 4 Satellite teams = 5 different specifications
MotoGP Class – Effective Immediately
Previous regulations made frequent reference to “Open” and “Factory” classes and machine types. All such references will now be removed.
Moto2 Class Regulations
Teams will be able to refer to the FIM website to check a list of approved dataloggers and sensors.
The regulation concerning throttle control has been clarified to specify that the control valve must be exclusively controlled by mechanical means, i.e. twistgrip and cable.
Moto3 Class Regulations
Regulations already exist which define which certain chassis parts are “performance parts” and need homologation. The regulations have been modified to state that only homologated parts can be used at events.
Only the oil provided by the official supplier may be used in all parts of the engine including crankcase, gearbox and clutch.
Official Fuel Supplier for Moto3 and Moto2
The appointment of the Total/Elf company as the official, exclusive supplier of fuel was approved.
Grand Prix Medical Code
An updated and revised Medical Code, produced by the FIM in consultation with other MotoGP medical staff, was approved
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