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FIM announces new ‘white flag' rule

FIM announces new ‘white flag' rule

FIM announces new ‘white flag' rule

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Sito Pons (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Mr Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held yesterday in Barcelona, unanimously decided to introduce the following modifications to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations (for immediate application):

1.18 Start Procedure

6) The Race Director will…(delete: "For 125cc and 250cc")

17) Unless the race is interrupted, after the leading rider has passed the finish line at the end of his first lap, no further changes of machines are permitted. After this time, in the MotoGP class only, the 2 following procedures will apply:

- If the race has been declared wet (Art. 1.20), changing from a machine equipped with rain tyre to a machine equipped with intermediate or slick tyre, changing from a machine equipped with intermediate tyre to a machine equipped with rain or slick tyre, and changing from a machine equipped with slick tyre to a machine equipped with intermediate or rain tyre is permitted at any time during the race.

- If the race has not been declared wet (Art. 1.20), the same machine changes as mentioned above are permitted only after the white flags have been displayed around the track.

In both cases, tyre warmers, changing tyres and adjustments are permitted on the machine in the pit-lane.

1.19 Ride Through Procedure

…The rider must respect the speed limit (Art. 1.21.14), in the pit lane…

1.20 "Wet" and "Dry" Races

All races will be categorised as either wet or dry. A board may be displayed on the grid to indicate the status of the race. If no board is displayed, the race is automatically dry. The purpose of this classification is to indicate to riders the consequence of varying climatic conditions during a race.

1.20.1 125 and 250cc races

1.20.1.1 Dry Races –…(no changes)

1.20.1.2 Wet Races –…(no changes)

1.20.1.3 …(no changes)

1.20.2 MotoGP race

A race will not be interrupted for climatic reasons and riders who wish to change machine (when allowed), tyres or make adjustments must enter the pits and do so during the actual race.

1.21 Behaviour During Practice and Race

A speed limit of 60 km/h will be enforced in the pit lane at all times during the event. Riders must respect the speed limit from where the sign 60 km/h is placed up to where the sign 60 Km/h crossed out is placed….

18) Overtaking is not permitted in the pit lane from where the sign 60 km/h is placed up to where the sign 60 Km/h crossed out is placed.

Any rider found to have overtaken during the practice will be subject to a fine of US$ 100.- for the first offence, and US$ 500.- for subsequent offences at the same event.

Any rider who overtakes in the pit lane during a race will be penalised with a ride through.

The Race Direction must communicate the offence to the pit of the rider after having received the information from the Official in charge.

Flags Which Convey Information and Instructions:

- White Flag (new wording)

Waved at the flag marshal post during the race, this flag indicates that the riders are allowed to change machine.

1.30 Team personnel in the pit lane

3) The maximum number of team personnel per rider on the signalling platform is limited to 4 for all the classes.

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MotoGP, 2005

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