MotoGP™ rookies allowed to partake in Sepang Shakedown Test

The Grand Prix Commission has released some new rules for 2020, including Moto2™ wildcards and MotoGP™ test restrictions

In a meeting held in Sepang on 2 November 2019, the Grand Prix Commission  composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Jorge Viegas (FIM President), Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), made the following decisions:

Sporting Regulations (effective in 2020)

Moto2™ class wildcards:

Wild card entries in the Moto2™ class were not permitted in the 2019 season due to the lack of availability of chassis and engines. The Commission have now approved the re-introduction of such entries for next season.

However, due to the availability and operation of the mandatory Magneti Marelli ECU and software, entries will only be considered when made and operated by an existing Moto2™ class team participating in the Championship.

MotoGP™ class test restrictions:

In the light of recent changes to test restrictions in this class, resulting in less testing, the Commission decided that MotoGP™ class rookie riders will be permitted to participate in the three-day shakedown test at Sepang. Previously, this test was only available to test riders of the Factory teams and riders of teams benefitting from concessions.

Technical Regulations (effective in 2020)

Aero Body Side Pods (Wings):

In the interests of safety, the Commission decided that at any event held at the Phillip Island Circuit it will be permitted for riders to remove the side pods from the aero body. This is under the condition that all side pods are removed and it does not affect the external profile of the homologated fairing. All modifications must be pre-approved by the Technical Director.

It was further decided that Race Direction will be responsible for determining and announcing if this concession will apply at any other event-based on prevailing or forecast wind conditions.

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