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Decision of the Grand Prix Commission on wet races

Decision of the Grand Prix Commission on wet races

Regulations concerning the change of MotoGP™ class machines during races held in wet conditions have been updated.

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of  Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) in the presence of Javier Alonso (Dorna) and Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on 3rd of May 2014 in Jerez, made the following decision:

Sporting Regulations – Effective Immediately

The Commission unanimously decided to modify the regulation concerning the change of MotoGP class machines during a race held in wet conditions.

In future, once a race is declared wet, meaning that riders may enter the pits and change to a different machine, it is no longer a requirement that the new machine must be fitted with a different type of tyre.

The reason for this change is that a wet race may be held at an event where teams and riders have had no experience of the tyre wear in wet conditions. For reasons of safety it is clearly unreasonable to compel a rider to re-join the race with slick tyres. So, under the changed regulations, a rider may change to a machine that is also equipped with wet weather tyres.

A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly here.


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