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Aug 11, 2011

FIM GP Commission Makes New MotoGP Tire Allocation Rules Official

FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Decision of the Grand Prix Commission The Grand Prix Commission composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), during a telephone conference held on 10 August with the participation of Javier Alonso (Dorna) and M. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), unanimously decided the following tyre regulation changes (Changes in bold). Immediate Application Technical Regulations 2.9.3 For Grand Prix race events, each rider will be restricted in the quantity and specification of tyres that they may use at a single race event as follows: MotoGP Class: During all practice sessions, warm up and the race a maximum of 19 slick tyres, specifically: Front slick tyres: 9 in total, comprised of: up to a maximum of 5 of specification A (hard) up to a maximum of 5 of specification B (medium) up to a maximum of 3 of specification C (soft) * Front tyre specification choice will be made as follows: 5 * tyres comprised of: 2 of specification A and 2 of specification B and 1 of specification C * will be allocated on the day before the start of official practice, as per Art. 2.9.2. 4 * tyres will be allocated after the first day's practice, comprised of: up to a maximum of 3 of specification A, up to a maximum of 3 of specification B up to a maximum of 2 of specification C * The rider's selection of front tyre specification must be informed to the tyre supplier no later than 2 hours after the end of the first day's practice. The Technical Director will notify teams in advance of any change to this deadline, due to changes in the practice schedule. If no specification selection is received by this time the allocation of the 4 tyres will automatically be 2 of specification A and 2 of specification B. This allocation will be final and no changes are permitted after this time. In the case of a rider being replaced after this tyre selection deadline, the replacement rider must use only the tyres allocated to the original rider. * Certain circuits may be designated as Special Case by agreement between the tyre supplier and the Organisers where, due to weather or track conditions the third specification of front tyre is not necessary, and will not be available. In this case the initial front tyre allocation will be 4 of specification A & 4 of specification B, the optional allocation of 1 tyre will be specification B by default if no tyre choice is made by the deadline. For 2011, circuits designated as Special Case are Phillip Island, Sepang, Valencia. Rear slick tyres: 10 in total, comprised of: 5 of specification A (hard) and 5 of specification B (soft), or 6 of specification A and 4 of specification B, or 4 of specification A and 6 of specification B Rear tyre specification choice will be made as follows: 8 tyres comprised of: 4 of specification A and 4 of specification B will be allocated on the day before the start of official practice, as per Art. 2.9.2 2 tyres will be allocated after the first day's practice, comprised of: 2 of specification A, or 2 of specification B, or 1 of specification A and 1 of specification B The rider's selection of rear tyre specification must be informed to the tyre supplier no later than 2 hours after the end of the first day's practice. The Technical Director will notify teams in advance of any change to this deadline, due to changes in the practice schedule. If no specification selection is received by this time the allocation of the 2 tyres will automatically be 1 of specification A and 1 of specification B. This allocation will be final and no changes are permitted after this time. In the case of a rider being replaced after this tyre selection deadline, the replacement rider must use only the tyres allocated to the original rider. Wet tyres, MotoGP class: For practice sessions, warm up and the race a standard allocation of 8 wet tyres, specifically: Front wet tyres: 4 of the standard specification Rear wet tyres: 4 of the standard specification The tyre supplier may allocate one extra set (1 front + 1 rear) of wet tyres to every rider after qualifying, for use as race back-up. In the case that all four practice sessions (excluding warm-up) are declared wet by the Race Director, one more set of wet tyres will be allocated to every rider in addition to the race backup extra set. A wet tyre is defined as a tyre which has a land to sea ratio of at least 20% overall, and a minimum ratio of 7% in each third of the section profile. The tyre may be moulded or hand cut, but each groove must have a minimum depth of three millimetres over 90% of its length. For allocation purposes any tyre with a land to sea ratio of less than 20% will be deemed a slick tyre and therefore must be part of the rider's slick tyre allocation. For the purpose of Art. 1.18.17 (MotoGP wet race procedure) a slick tyre that has been modified by hand-cutting will be deemed to be an intermediate tyre. In case of dispute the decision of the Technical Director will be final. Moto2 Class: During all practice sessions, warm up and the race a maximum of 17 slick tyres, specifically: Front slick tyres: 4 of specification "A" + 4 of specification "B" = 8 in total. Rear slick tyres: 5 of specification "A" + 4 of specification "B" = 9 in total. Wet tyre quantities are not restricted, however only the current specification of wet tyres from the Official tyre supplier may be used. 2.9.4 1) Riders may use only the tyres allocated for his/her exclusive use (as described in Article 2.9.3). 2) Tyres will be individually identified and may not be exchanged between riders, including between team-mates, and may not be exchanged by the tyre supplier after allocation, except with the permission of the Technical Director (for example, under Article 2.9.8). 3) Tyres may not be materially altered in any way after allocation, such as hand-cutting and any other action or treatment that will alter the tyre's performance (with the exception of the use of tyre warmers), unless deemed necessary by the tyre manufacturer. Such alterations may be performed only by or under the supervision of the tyre manufacturer's representative, and shall be made available equally for all riders. 2.9.7 In the unlikely event of a tyre being accidentally damaged before it is used (for example during the fitting process) and deemed to be unusable by the Technical Director, it may be replaced with a tyre of the same specification with the permission of the Technical Director. Such replacement tyres will be marked and included in the allocation of the rider concerned. The damaged tyre will be removed from the allocation and may not be allocated again. Once it is used (ie. has exited pit lane) a tyre may not be replaced because of damage or defect, except if all the following conditions apply: a) The tyre supplier must confirm to the Technical Director that the damage is solely due to a manufacturing defect or fitting problem (ie. out of the team's control), and not due to any other reason such as impact, cut, abrasion or accident. b) The tyre supplier must confirm to the Technical Director that the damage is significant enough to deem the tyre unsafe to use. c) Tyres that are deemed to have covered more than 2/3 of race distance will not be considered for replacement. The determination of distance covered will be the sole decision of the Technical Director in consultation with the tyre supplier, and the team may be required to submit information such as lapcharts and logger data to support a claim. In determining whether a replacement will be allowed the decision of the Technical Director will be final. d) If a replacement tyre is granted, it must be of the same specification as the damaged tyre and selected at random by the Technical Director and/or his staff.