The FIM has announced that the penalty for breaking the new MotoGP engine change limit - which allows a maximum of five engine changes during the last seven rounds - has been revised.

Instead of a ten point penalty for the rider concerned, the rider breaking the rule will instead 'start the race from the back of the grid' while 'the constructor will have 10 points deducted from its championship classification'.

The rule change therefore closes a potential loophole in which it may have been better for a rider (already on his fifth and final engine) to sit out the last round of the championship, in order to guarantee their points and championship position.

The 2010 MotoGP rules demand further increases in engine life, with each rider being limited to six engines for the whole 18-race series.