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Drapeaux & Feux

During the course of a Grand Prix, flags and warning lights are used to advise and warn the riders, providing them with critical information about the race.

Les Commissaires et autres Officiels présentent des drapeaux ou feux pour donner des informations et/ou transmettre des instructions aux coureurs. Tous les drapeaux seront présentés agités.

Les drapeaux sont brandis par les commissaires à plusieurs endroits du circuit et les pilotes doivent impérativement suivre les instructions qui leur sont transmises. Le non-respect des instructions entraîne diverses sanctions : point(s) de pénalité – amende - retrait de points au Championnat – suspension.

Drapeau noir

Disqualification. Waved at each flag marshal post together with the rider's number, the black flag means the rider must stop at the pits at the end of the current lap - and cannot restart. This flag will be presented only after the rider's team has been notified. The rider has 5 laps to pull in to the pit lane.

Drapeau noir avec rond orange

This flag informs the rider that their motorcycle has mechanical problems, which are likely to endanger themselves or others, and they must immediately leave the track.

Drapeau blanc

Waved at the flag marshal post only during a MotoGP™ race, this flag indicates that the riders are allowed to change machine. Race Direction indicates through the white flag that the track is wet enough to justify the change of bikes and the Grand Prix becomes a wet race, having originally been declared a ‘dry race’ at the start

Drapeau blanc avec croix diagonale rouge + drapeau jaune à bandes rouges

Pluie sur cette partie du circuit. Ces drapeaux doivent être présentés ensemble agités au poste de commissaire aux drapeaux et indiquent qu’il a commencé à pleuvoir.

Drapeau bleu

Shown waved at the flag marshal post, this flag indicates to a rider that they are about to be overtaken and they must allow the rider(s) following to pass at the earliest opportunity. During practice sessions, the rider concerned must keep their line and slow down gradually to allow the faster rider to pass. During the race, the rider shown the blue flag is about to be lapped. Also, this flag is shown to a rider leaving the pit lane if traffic is approaching on the track.

Checkered Flag

This flag should be waved at the finish line on track level to indicate the finish of a race or practice session. The race winner is the first rider to reach this flag as they cross the line.

Drapeau jaune

Shown waved at each row of the starting grid, this flag indicates that the start of the race is delayed. Shown waved on one row of the starting grid, this flag indicates that a rider on that row is having difficulties. Shown waved at the flag marshal post, this flag indicates that there is a danger ahead beside the track. Two Yellow Flags shown waved at the flag marshal post indicate there is a danger ahead either partly or wholly blocking the track. The riders must slow down and be prepared to stop. Overtaking is forbidden up until the point where the green flag is shown.

Any infringement of this rule during a practice session will result in the cancellation of the lap time during which the infraction occurred. In case of infringement of this rule during the race, the rider must go back the number of positions decided by the Race Direction.

Lors du tour de l'inspection finale, ce drapeau doit être agité à l'endroit exact où le commissaire de drapeau sera posté pendant les essais, les tours de chauffe et les courses.

Drapeau rouge et feux rouges

When the race or practice is interrupted, the red flag will be waved at each flag marshal post and the red lights around the track will be switched on. Riders must return slowly to the pits. When the pit-lane exit is closed, this flag will be shown motionless at the pit-lane exit and the light will be switched on. Riders are not allowed to exit the pit lane.

Feux rouges

Race Start. The red lights will be switched on at the start line for between two and five seconds to start each race. 'The lights go out' is therefore a favourite phrase for commentators to indicate that a race has started, as this is the signal to riders that racing has begun.

À la fin de chaque séance d’essais ou warm-up, un feu rouge sera allumé sur la ligne d’arrivée.

Feu vert

This light must be switched on at the pit lane exit to signal the start of each practice session and Warm Up, the start of the sighting laps and the warm up lap.

Drapeau vert

The track is clear. This flag must be waved at each flag marshal post for the first lap of each practice session and Warm Up, for the sighting lap(s) and for the warm up lap. This flag must be waved by the starter to signal the start of the warm up lap. When the pit-lane exit is open, this flag must be waved at the pit-lane exit.

Ce drapeau doit être présenté agité au poste de commissaire aux drapeaux situé immédiatement après l’accident ayant nécessité l’utilisation d’un ou de plusieurs drapeaux jaunes.