The official MotoGP website is reporting that cost-cutting rule changes for the 2009 season, due to be officially announced by the Grand Prix Commission this afternoon, will be as follows:

* Friday morning free practice removed for all classes and all MotoGP practice sessions (including qualifying) reduced to 45 minutes.

* Electronic and hydraulic launch control systems and electronic suspension systems banned.

* Each MotoGP rider will be restricted to a maximum of five engines for the final eight races of the 2009 season.



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