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Oct 4, 2001

FIM Establishes New Licensing Requirements For Grand Prix Racers

From an FIM press release:<BR><BR>"Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix<BR>Decisions of the Grand Prix Commission<BR><BR>The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairmnan), Claude Danis (FIM), Sito Pons (IRTA), Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) and Paul Butler (Secretary), convened in a meeting on Saturday 22 September at the circuit of Valencia (Spain). The following proposals were unanimously approved (application date: 1.1.2002):<BR><BR>Super License<BR>Riders in the 500cc class must be in possession of a "FIM Grand Prix Super License". To qualify for a Super License, the rider must fulfil one of the following conditions:<BR><BR>- Have finished in the top 15 places of the FIM 500cc World Championship in either of the previous two seasons.<BR><BR>- Have finished in the top 5 places of the FIM 250cc World Championship in either of the previous two seasons.<BR><BR>- Have finished in the top 3 places of the FIM 125cc World Championship in either of the previous two seasons.<BR><BR>- Have finished in the top 3 places of the FIM Superbike World Championship in either of the previous two seasons.<BR><BR>- Be approved by the Grand Prix Commission for a full season Grand Prix Super License.<BR><BR>- Be approved by the FIM/TWP/IRTA for a one-event Grand Prix Super License.<BR>FIM Manufacturers' License<BR><BR>All manufacturers must be in possession of the appropriate FIM Manufacturers' License.<BR><BR>Substitution of riders<BR><BR>No substitution or replacement of the entered rider may be made after 17h30 on the first day of the event (technical control), except in the case of the 500cc class where substitutions may be made, in the case of injury or force majeure only, up until 12h00 on the second day of practice (i.e. prior to the final qualifying session).<BR><BR>Restrictions of materials<BR><BR>Engine materials: the basic structure of the crankshaft and camshafts must be made from steel or cast iron. Pistons, cylinder heads and cylinder blocks may not be composite structures which use carbon or aramid fibre reinforcing materials.<BR><BR>Brake calipers: all brake calipers must be made from aluminum material with a modulus elasticity no greater than 80 GPa.<BR><BR>All parts materials: no parts of the bike or engine may be made from metallic materials which have a specific modulus of elasticity greater than 50 GPa (g/cm3)."<BR>