For a championship series renown for seemingly every detail regulated or in control of the sanctioning body the Phillip Island MotoGP event is becoming the thread which bares the humbling truth. Which is that Dorna did not require any kind of meaningful test of the new surface and now Dorna are left scrambling trying to devise a way out of this.
Frankly the solution that they have chosen would be hotly debated if it were suggested at an Australian club race. On the upside, fans gets to see a MotoGP race with a mandatory bike change by each rider in the pit lane. But this is MotoGP, not some 600 production race, and at Phillip Island--one of the fastest circuits in the world. And also on hard tires.
So, we will see a mandatory bike swap race. But we will also see MotoGP bikes pitting and then re-entering the course using Phillip Island's pit exit, which is located in the fastest section of the course. Even Jorge Lorenzo, the most filtered of the current MotoGP riders, says this is a recipe for potential disaster.
Here is the information on the race released by Race Direction:
1. The race distance will be 26 laps.
2. Every rider will be required to enter the pits and change to his second machine with fresh tyres at least once during the race.
3. No rider is permitted to make more than 14 laps on any one slick rear tyre.This means that a bike/tyre change before lap 12 will require a second bike/tyre change to finish the race.
4. Riders using "Factory" and "Satellite" machines will be required to use the "hard" option tyre (B51DR). Extra quantity will be allocated by Bridgestone.
5. Riders using CRT machines will be required to use CRT "hard" option tyre (B50DR). Extra quantity will be allocated by Bridgestone.
6. The pit lane speed limit zone will be extended both on entry and exit, and the exit route to rejoin the track will be marked by a white line in the runoff area. Crossing this line whilst rejoining the track from pit lane will result in a penalty.