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MotoGP rookies will not be able to join a factory team from 2010 (except Suzuki, which has no satellite team) and a precise definition of a 'rookie' was therefore needed to avoid, for example, teams claiming that a rider was not rookie because he had already made some grand prix starts as a wild-card.
To help clear up the situation, the Commission has given the following definitions of new 'rookie' rider and a 'contracted' rider:
“A contracted rider is a rider who has participated in nine or more events during one season.
“A “Rookie” is a rider nominated by a participating team for participation in the entire season, who has not been a contracted rider as defined above