During the final Grand Prix Commission meeting of 2011, held on December 14 in Madrid, the following MotoGP rule changes and announcements were made, effective from January 2012.
The changes confirm the amount of tyres available in the aftermath of the MotoGP testing restrictions being lifted; that a red rear light must be displayed on all bikes in wet conditions (as in F1); that the minimum weight for next year's 1000cc bikes has been raised by 4kg and that nine CRT entries - plus one reserve - have been approved for the 2012 MotoGP season.
CRT entries have already been announced for Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing), Randy de Puniet (Aspar), Aleix Espargaro (Aspar), James Ellison (PBM), Anthony West (Speed Master) and Michele Pirro (Gresini).
The other three and the reserve are likely to come from Ioda Racing, BQR, Team Grillini and Team Laglisse.
These add to the twelve factory-built bikes, meaning MotoGP looks set for a grid of 21 riders next season, up from 17 (all factory built) in 2011.
The rule modifications and announcements can be seen in full below...
A revised wording of the testing regulation was approved. This incorporated the various decisions made earlier in 2011 concerning this matter. Additionally it was decided that contracted riders in the MotoGP class may also test machines using the allocation of 240 tyres available to each manufacturer's team. Previously such testing was restricted to test riders only. In the interest of fair competition it was also agreed that other MotoGP class riders could exclusively test their team machines with a limit of 120 tyres per rider.
It was agreed that riders who did not qualify for the race based on their time in the qualifying practice can qualify if they achieve a time at least equal to 107% of the fastest rider in the warm up. This is an addition to the previous regulation which only considered free practice sessions.
Under the regulation concerning MotoGP class riders starting the race from pit lane due to an engine durability sanction, it was agreed that in future they will start ten seconds after the green light is shown at the pit lane exit.
Riders in all classes may now use a starter engine on the grid. For all classes tyre warmers may now remain in place until the display of the one minute board. Generators must still be removed at the three minute board.
With effect from 2012, for all classes, it will be compulsory to display a red rear light in rain conditions.
The minimum weight limits for 1000cc machines in the MotoGP class will be increased from the current 153 kilos.
Effective 2012 157 kilos
Effective 2013 160 kilos
The permitted wheel sizes for the Moto3 class were confirmed as:
Front 2.50” x 17” only
Rear 3.50” x 17” only
Several detail changes to regulations, submitted by the Technical Director were all approved.
A list of MotoGP class entries for 2012 was considered by the Commission. The list contained nine entries plus one reserve entry using CRT machinery of various types. Participation of all CRT entries was approved by the Commission on the understanding that the granting of CRT Status was subject to review by the Grand Prix Commission at any time.
Disciplinary and Arbitration Code
The authority and competence of the Race Direction to impose penalties was extended to cover failure by any party to ensure the efficient running of events or for serious breaches of the regulations