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New tyre regulations being implemented in Qatar

New tyre regulations being implemented in Qatar

This weekend the new tyre regulations for the 2007 MotoGP World Championship have come into full affect at the season-opening Commercialbank Grand Prix Of Qatar at Doha's Losail international circuit.

This weekend the new tyre regulations for the 2007 MotoGP World Championship have come into full affect at the season-opening Commercialbank Grand Prix Of Qatar at Doha's Losail international circuit.

The main rule change sees riders limited to 14 front tyres and 17 rears per event, though this does not include rain tyres or other treads and for the time being only affects Bridgestone and Michelin collaborators.

Dunlop and the Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 team are affected to less of an extent as the limitation rules apply only to teams whose tyres are supplied by a manufacturer whose tyres have been used in two MotoGP victories since the start of the 2005 season, in dry conditions.

Though should the Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 team win two races this season the new limitations will then also be applied to them.

Several riders have already commented favourably on the new regulations over the first two days of action in Qatar stating that the rules help to the simplify the situation when it comes to compound selection, as is apparent in the attached video interviews.

The following information is a brief summary of the new rules:

- All tyres must be registered with race organisation on the day before official practice begins at each Grand Prix. So tyres cannot be manufactured by tyre companies during Grand Prix weekends and taken to the track.

- Riders are limited to 14 front tyres and 17 rear tyres per event. This does not include rain tyres and other treaded tyres. Tyre manufacturers who have not won at least two MotoGP races since the start of 2005 are not subject to this limit.

- During the racing season testing is limited to the three days succeeding a Grand Prix, at the track where the Grand Prix took place. Manufacturers may nominate one Grand Prix circuit where they can test at any time during the season, but they may not use current MotoGP riders during these tests.

- Winter testing is limited to eight three-day official test sessions. Manufacturers may also nominate one Grand Prix circuit where they can test at other times during the winter, though not during the six-week testing moratorium, commencing December 1. No rider may participate in more than eight winter tests.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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