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Monday, March 24, 2014

These just in from the FIM:

FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

Decision of the Grand Prix Commission

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 22 March in Losail, made the following decisions:

Sporting Regulations
Effective Immediately

The Commission unanimously decided to make small modifications to the text of the decision of the 18th of March concerning the MotoGP class. This was to explain more clearly the conditions under which a MotoGP class Manufacturer competing under Factory option regulations, but benefiting from certain concessions, would lose concessions based on race results.

The revised text is highlighted below:

1.The Championship ECU and software will be mandatory for all entries with effect from 2016.

All current and prospective participants in the MotoGP class will collaborate to assist with the design and development of the Championship ECU software.
During the development of the software a closed user web site will be set up to enable participants to monitor software development and to input their suggested modifications.

2.With immediate effect, a Manufacturer with entries under the factory option who has not achieved a win in dry conditions in the previous year, or new Manufacturer entering the Championship, is entitled to use 12 engines per rider per season (no design freezing), 24 litres of fuel and the same tyres allocation and testing opportunities as the Open category. This concession is valid until the start of the 2016 season.

3.The above concessions will be reduced under the following circumstances:

Should any rider, or combination of riders nominated by the same Manufacturer, participating under the conditions of paragraph 2 above, achieve a race win, or accumulate two second places or three podium places in dry conditions during the 2014 and/or 2015 seasons then for that Manufacturer the fuel tank capacity will be reduced to 22 litres. Furthermore, should the same Manufacturer accumulate three race wins in the 2014 and/or 2015 seasons the manufacturer would also lose the right to use the soft tyres available to Open category entries.
In each case the reduced concessions will apply to the remaining events of the 2014 season and the whole of the 2015 season.

  • Technical Regulations MotoGP Class - Effective Immediately

    In the interests of safety, the Commission unanimously approved a proposal to make the use of 340 mm carbon disk front brakes optional for the events at Catalunya and Sepang. It is already mandatory to use 340 mm carbon disk front brakes at Motegi.


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    FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar - Decision of the Race Direction

    On 22 March, 2014 during the Moto2 Qualifying session of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, rider number 11 Sandro Cortese was riding at slower than racing speed on the racing line during the final minutes of the Moto2 Qualifying session. This resulted in a collision with another rider.

    This is considered to be irresponsible riding causing danger to himself and another rider, and is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

    A Race Direction hearing was held with both riders in attendance, and video evidence was reviewed.

    The decision of Race Direction is to impose the addition of one Penalty Point to the record of rider number 11 Sandro Cortese, according to Article 3.3.1.3 of the 2014 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.

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    FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar

    Decision of the Race Direction

    On 23 March 2014 during the Moto2 race of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, following a crash, the rider number 19 Xavier Simeon pushed another rider whilst in the runoff area, causing him to fall.

    This is an action prejudicial to the interests of the sport and is therefore an infringement of Article 3.3.1.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.
    A Race Direction hearing was held with the rider.

    The decision of Race Direction is to impose the addition of one Penalty Point to the record of rider number 19 Xavier Simeon, according to Article 3.3.1.3 of the 2014 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.

    No appeal was lodged.

    The decision of Race Direction is final.

    ENDS

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