MotoGP » FIM explains 2012 MotoGP 'Claiming Rule'

New details emerge of how the 2012 MotoGP 'Claiming Rule' will work...

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no_point - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 8:11 AM

This is bizarre, sattelite teams have no exceptions to the rules and CRT teams will?. In MotoGP if you don't have a Full Factory bike you don't stand a chance, this is yet another stupid bid to "make up the numbers" on the grid, great so we'll see positions 20-30 racing and jockying for position. Hooray for backmarkers that'll be lapped.
Why don't they focus on making it cheaper for the factories to field MORE factory prototypes with top notch riders.


May 04, 2011 8:17 AM

They will be slow, but it might be a race within a race to see which CR team takes the best of the rest title.
If it adds to the spectacle, I'll be happy cause a little over a dozen bikes circulating right now is kinda pathetic.

Johnnyoza - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 8:38 AM

With so few seats available in moto GP this can only be a positive move.It gives riders a chance to show- talent in front of works teams.It also lends credibility to the so called premier class of motorcycle racing....nothing looks more pathetic than 16 bikes on the grid.


May 04, 2011 8:39 AM

This would provide an unnecessary risk for the factory riders.

It is hard enough for some rider to do a clear qualification lap with 18 riders, imagine it with more riders (slower ones at that).

This might outweighs any advantage it brings (unless you enjoy demolition derby).


May 04, 2011 8:40 AM

@no point

Totally agree, BMW and Aprilia Stated a year ago that the 81mm bore and 21 litre fuel rules were to restrictive for them to enter MotoGP.

If they'd gone for something like 1000cc with a maximum engine RPM of 18,000 and unlimited fuel then we would probably have more factory involvement and even private engine builders supplying motors for teams.

I've got a bad feeling we are going to be seeing a bunch of glorified WSB's lapping 2 to 3 seconds slower than a tiny bunch of MotoGP bikes.


May 04, 2011 8:49 AM

Okay, my first post made me sound like I don't like more riders on the grid. Let me rephrase that.

What the MotoGP need is more competitive riders to fight up front, not the side show riders which might be dangerous to the title contenders.

First priority would be to control how teams can compete fairly, cheaply and with technology available for the satellite team too. More riders would be able to compete at the front.

That would make MotoGP more interesting.

Ty46 - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 9:30 AM

I really doubt there will be 30 riders. And anyway, 107% rule could be adapted. QP could be made safe too with the F1 format.

The problem is, you can't make factory bikes cheaper, unless you introduce a budget limit, but that didn't work in F1 either.


May 04, 2011 9:47 AM

I thought the purpose of this was to allow CRT teams to construct bespoke, prototype chassis but allow the use engines based on production technology?

If the Aprilia RSV4 engine really is that good, let someone stick it in their own chassis and send it out racing!
There was a feature on Crash comparing GP and WSBK times and they weren't far off...
SBK engines still have to comply with class regs, meaning there is a great deal of further potential for tuning.
I'm sure they could make a 240bhp SBK derived engine and put it in a GP chassis?
And wasn't that the idea, rather than people having to manufacture their own engines?

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