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MotoGP bosses increase minimum weights for 2012 and 2013

MotoGP bosses have rubber-stamped new rules concerning testing for 2012 and have increased the minimum weight limit for 1000cc bikes from 153kg to 157kg in 2012 which will then increase by another three kilogrammes in 2013 to 160.

A series of changes to the 2012 rules have also been approved including that contracted riders in the MotoGP class may also test machines using the allocation of 240 tyres available to each manufacturer's team. Previously such testing was restricted to test riders only. It was also agreed that other MotoGP class riders could exclusively test their team machines with a limit of 120 tyres per rider.

It was agreed that riders who did not qualify for the race based on their time in the qualifying practice can qualify if they achieve a time at least equal to 107% of the fastest rider in the warm up. This is an addition to the previous regulation which only considered free practice sessions.


Under the regulation concerning MotoGP class riders starting the race from pit lane due to an engine durability sanction, it was agreed that in future they will start ten seconds after the green light is shown at the pit lane exit.

Riders in all classes may now use a starter engine on the grid. For all classes tyre warmers may now remain in place until the display of the one minute board. Generators must still be removed at the three minute board. With effect from 2012, for all classes, it will be compulsory to display a red rear light in rain conditions.

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