Following the latest meeting of the Grand Prix Commission, on December 13 in Madrid, a raft of rule changes that will come into effect between now and 2015 have been announced.
The changes concern sporting and technical matters - including confirmation of a new rear tyre spec just for the CRT class, banning of carbon composite wheels in MotoGP, the option to freeze different engine specs (eg 'factory' and 'satellite') from 2014, warning lights to be shown on the dash and a random distribution system for Moto3 engines (plus motorcycle price limits), also from 2014.
A maximum price for MotoGP brakes and suspension will be set from 2015.
The FIM statement adds that new Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will have wild-card MotoGP rides at Jerez, Mugello and Misano next year, while German IDM Superbike Champion Martin Bauer has been granted a wild-card MotoGP entry for Brno with "Schwarz & Bronnen".
The rule changes (in full below) start with the announcement of a new Penalty Points system to punish bad behaviour on track...
Sporting and Disciplinary Regulations
It has been recognised that there is the need to address the problem of riders who are constantly being warned or penalised for endangering other riders or committing other serious offences like assaulting marshals or other officials.
To address this issue a new system of Penalty Points was approved.
Race Direction can sanction a rider with a number of Penalty Points between one and ten. This can be instead of or in addition to any other sanction.
Points will "tot up" during the season and when certain thresholds are reached the following sanctions will be applied automatically:
* Four Points - Starts next race from rear of grid.
* Seven Points - Starts next race from pit lane.
* Ten Points - Disqualification from the next event.
Once the ten point sanction has been imposed then points reset to Zero. Points are not carried forward to the following season.
Several changes to the start procedure were approved:
Pit lane opening will be accompanied by a green flag at the pit exit in addition to the existing green light.
No red flag will be displayed in front of the grid at the conclusion of the sighting lap.
Tyre warmers must be removed immediately on display of the one minute board.
Following approval of the new qualifying procedure for the MotoGP class it is also necessary to determine the criteria for actual qualification to take part in the race - the 107% rule.