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FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix regulation changes

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The MotoGP governing body has passed technical regulation changes to be implimented over the next few years, of which 1000cc engines to be used from 2012.

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Messrs Vito Ippolito (FIM President), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Sport Director), Javier Alonso (Dorna) and M. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on December 11 in FIM Headquarters in Mies, unanimously decided to introduce the following amendments to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

Application from 2012 - Basic concept for MotoGP

- Maximum displacement: 1000cc
- Maximum number of cylinders: 4
- Maximum bore: 81 mm

Engine Durability

1). In the MotoGP class the number of engines available for use by each rider is limited. For the 2010 season a maximum of 6 engines may be used by each permanent contracted rider for all the scheduled races of the season. that is from and including the Czech Grand Prix until the end of the season. Should a rider be replaced for any reason, the replacement rider will be deemed to be the original rider for purposes of engine allocation.

Each manufacturer is allowed 2 additional engines for the exclusive use of Wild Card riders only.

2). The engines available for the exclusive use of each rider must be marked and sealed by the Technical Director prior to first use. It is the Team’s obligation to register any new engine with the Technical Director prior to use. Once registered and used for the first time, engines may not be swapped between riders, even within the same team. A new engine is deemed to be used when the motorcycle with that engine crosses the transponder timing point at the pit lane exit.

3). The engines will be sealed by means of wiring and identification tabs, so that:

  • a. the timing system is not accessible (e.g. the head cover must be wired to the cylinder head),

  • b. the timing driving system is not accessible (e.g. the geartrain/chain cover is wired so that it cannot be removed),

  • c. the cylinder head and the cylinders block (if any) cannot be removed from the engine (e.g. the cylinder head is wired to the cylinders block and the cylinders block is wired to the engine crankcase),

  • d. the crankcase cannot be opened (e.g. the crankcase halves are wired together).

All the parts that are accessible without removing the sealing wiring can be replaced. Breaking or removing the sealing or wiring without supervision by the Technical Director will be deemed to be “engine rebuilding” and engines with broken, tampered with or missing security seals will be treated as a new engine in the allocation

4). Should a competitor, for any reason (e.g. mechanical failure, crash major damage, etc). require the use of another engine above their allocation, the Technical Director must be informed before the new engine is used, and Race Direction will apply the appropriate penalty according to the Sporting Regulations.

The damaged engine will be removed from the allocation and if it is used again, it will be treated as a new engine with the appropriate penalty.

5). There is no limit to the number of times a sealed, allocated engine can be fitted to and used in a motorcycle, provided the security seal is not broken or removed. Replacing an engine with another sealed engine (new or used) from the rider’s allocation is allowed with no penalty.

6). To prevent the running of a used, allocated engine outside of MotoGP events, all allocated engines will have security seals placed over either exhaust or inlet ports (on at least one cylinder bank, in the case of V-type engines) before leaving the circuit. Teams wishing to re-use such an allocated and sealed engine must request the Technical Director to remove the security seals.

If the Technical Director or his staff finds that the security seals are not intact, the engine will be deemed to be a new engine in the allocation, with the appropriate penalty

Penalties for infrigment of engine durability in MotoGP.

- Infringement before the race: the rider will start the race from the pit lane 20'’ after the start of the race.
- Infringement during the race: ride through.

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