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Extra Friday practice from Aragon? 1000cc from 2011?

24 June 2010

The Grand Prix Commission is to meet at Assen to discuss the possibility of reinstating a MotoGP free practice session on Friday morning – and allowing 1000cc motorcycles to race from 2011.

“At Mugello the riders requested to return to two practice sessions on Friday, but only 45 minutes each,” IRTA president Herve Poncharal told GPOne.com.

“The manufacturers met and decided that the extra strain on the engines is marginal. [On Friday] the commission will meet, and we will likely return to 4 total practice sessions (including qualifying), of a shorter length, from the GP of Aragon on September 19th."

The other item on the agenda will be allowing 1000cc motorcycles to race in the premier-class from 2011, rather than 2012.

This is to avoid the slender grid of 17 full time riders - although only 15 riders began last weekend's Silverstone round following Valentino Rossi's absence and injury for Hiroshi Aoyama - being reduced any further.

“With the current state of affairs, with Honda, Yamaha, Ducati and Suzuki on track, we have 17 riders if everything is going according to plan. To increase that number, we need to open the rules to 1000cc engines a year early, meaning from 2011,” said Poncharal.

“There are no other alternatives. The manufacturers cannot increase the number of factory bikes on the grid, and the possibility of leasing year old bikes to private teams is not feasible, because the costs wouldn't be coming down."


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