The latest MotoGP rule amendments, announced by the Grand Prix Commission, reveal a switch back to four MotoGP practice sessions of one hour in length, plus grid changes and a restriction on GPS technology in MotoGP.
GPS is used to accurately locate each motorcycle on the race track in real time and therefore allows set-up to be tuned for each corner.
Other, more detailed, rule changes were announced for the Moto3 class from 2012 (see separate story).
1. Practice Time schedule:
Two days for each class.
4 sessions of 60 minutes.
4 sessions of 45 minutes.
2 sessions of 45 minutes (morning) and 2 sessions of 30 minutes (afternoon).
2. Grid position for each class: 3 riders per row.
3. Generator for tyre warmers are permitted on the grid for the 3 classes.
4. In MotoGP, only the GPS provided by Dorna is permitted.