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MotoGP Announces Format and Rule Tweaks for 2023 Season
MotoGP Announces Format and Rule Tweaks for 2023 Season
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In response to riders' requests, the Grand Prix Commission has agreed to some significant MotoGP format and rule tweaks for the second half of the 2023 season. The changes aim to reduce intensity and risks in the early sessions of a race weekend to minimize crashes.


One of the key changes is the reduction in the number of sessions that count towards earning a spot in MotoGP's second qualifying session (Q2). Until now, times from both Friday's P1 and P2 sessions contributed to determining the top 10 fastest riders eligible for Q2. However, starting from the British Grand Prix, only Friday afternoon's 60-minute session, now called Practice, will be considered for this purpose. Friday morning's 45-minute session will be renamed Free Practice 1 (FP1) and won't count towards the top-10 qualification.


Factory Aprilia rider, Aleix Espargaro, highlighted the importance of this change for safety and relaxation during practice sessions. Notably, Ducati initially opposed the alteration, despite their riders supporting the change.


Additionally, MotoGP will implement a control tyre-pressure monitoring system from the British Grand Prix onwards. This system aims to ensure that riders adhere to Michelin's mandated minimum tyre pressures during races. Violations will be met with time penalties on a scale, starting with warnings and escalating to disqualifications for repeated offences.

These tweaks are set to enhance safety and competitiveness in the remainder of the 2023 MotoGP season.

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