MotoGP » MotoGP’s 2013 qualifying format explained

MotoGP's version of a knockout-style qualifying system to make its debut at Qatar on Saturday.

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coffee - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 9:04 PM

20:35-20:50 MotoGP Qualifying 1 - NEW for 2013
21:00-21:15 MotoGP Qualifying 2 - NEW for 2013

so it appears that the the slower 12 only get 15 minutes to qualify, then they stop clear the track for ten minutes and send out the faster 12 for 15 mins. unlike before when everyone had an hour.

I don't know, safer, yes' way... but as for building your rithum/tempo and/or swapping out tires an making adjustments it doesn't seem like enough time, especially for the 1st 12...

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 1:02 AM

Basically Free Practice 1-3 will be used to find a race set-up, while putting in a quick lap or 2 to ensure your in the top 10 to guarantee automatic qualification for Q2. Free practice 4 will obviously then be used to find your qualiy set-up that you are gonna use for Q1/Q2 as Free Practice 4 doesn't count at all. And once in Q1/Q2 there will only be time for 4 maybe 5 quick qualiy laps.

I am guessing when they say Free Practice 4 is "untimed" they really mean that it counts towards nothing so it doesn't matter if your first or last in it. Cause i doubt they would have them ride around track for half an hour without showing any kind of lap times at all for the riders.....

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 1:08 AM

What would really wreak havoc in terms of get a decent set-up would be if at any given race weekend, Free Practice 1-4 were to be a washout with the track completely drying in time for Q1/Q2. Cause 15 minutes leaves zero time to make any meaningful set-up changes. The riders would just have to get on the bike straight away and go as fast as possible....

pp916 - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 11:48 AM

With regard to CRT's getting the way, the safety aspect etc.....this is a nonsense, there will still be bikes going slow on an out lap, an in lap, waiting for a tow etc...there would have been plenty of instances when prototypes were getting in the way of a CRT on a 'fast lap'.
And what about the other classes, are they to be totally sidelined to the level of minor support races?
The way that Motogp seeks to mimic the car racing formula detracts greatly from its uniqueness IMHO, it needs to be distancing itself not copying, that's not what motorcycle racing is about. Followers of bike racing are a whole different breed to the car racing fraternity, generally way more clued up on their sport, save for the fanboy element, long may it remain so!

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