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New rules introduced to permit safer practice starts

New rules introduced to permit safer practice starts

The Gran Premio bwin.com de España saw an amendment to MotoGP's regulations introducing a new procedure to allow the riders to practice starts at the end of the warm-up in safe conditions.

The Gran Premio bwin.com de España saw an amendment to MotoGP's regulations introducing a new procedure to allow the riders to practice starts at the end of the warm-up in safe conditions.

The new rule was immediately put into practice ahead of Sunday's races and gives riders the opportunity to practice starts off the race line with the pit lane exit closed for two minutes at the end of the pre-race warm-up session.

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), with the presence of Mr Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), introduced the following changes to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations after meeting in Jerez, with immediate application.

SPORTING REGULATIONS 1.15.2

Practice Sessions (warm-up inclusive).

To amend as follows:
iii) The end of practice will be indicated by the waving of a chequered flag at which time the pit exit will be closed. A rider's time will continue to be recorded until he passes the finish line after the allotted time has elapsed, at which time the red light on the finish line will be displayed. After the chequered flag, riders must complete one additional lap prior to entering the pits.

To add the following;
vi) At the start of the warm-up, the following procedure will apply:
- Pit-lane exit opens for 2 minutes.
- Count-down boards of 2, 1 minute and 30 seconds shown at the pit-lane exit.
- Pit-lane exit closes.
- Riders who are still in the pit-lane will not be allowed to practice start on the starting grid.
- Riders on the track complete one lap without stopping and go onto the starting grid. They stop on the starting grid, practice start from the 1st row only, complete one lap without stopping and enter the pit-lane.
- As soon as the last rider has completed his lap, pit-lane exit opens to continue the warm-up.

1.21 Behaviour During Practice and Race.
To amend as follows:
17) During the practice sessions and warm ups, practice starts are permitted, when it is safe to do so, at the pit lane exit before joining the track and after the chequered flag is shown, at the end of practice sessions and warm-ups when it is safe to do so, off the racing line.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA

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