New qualifying format for 2013 MotoGP season

New qualifying format for 2013 MotoGP season

15 October 2012 – MotoGP has announced a new qualifying format from the start of next season, applying to the MotoGP class only. From now on, qualifying will be split into two sessions and times from practice periods will decided which riders pass into Q2.

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The new qualifying format functions as follows
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As in 2012, three pre-race practice sessions will remain

- The ten fastest riders from across the three practice sessions will be placed into Q2 qualifying, where grid positions 1 to 12 will be decided

The rest of the field will be placed into Q1 qualifying, which takes place first
- The fastest two riders will pass through to Q2 and therefore have a shot at pole position in the top 12 shootout
- The remaining riders’ best times will determine grid slots 13 and down

Session durations in 2013:
- Practice 1-3: 45 minutes and timed for qualifying participation
- Practice 4: 30 minutes
- Qualifying 1: 15 minutes
- Qualifying 2: 15 minutes
(Q1 and Q2 separated by 10-minute break)
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Following a meeting at Motegi on Saturday, it was also decided that a ‘season’ now refers to the period of time between the day after the last race to the date of the next year's final race.

‘The reason for this change is that some regulations currently refer to restrictions on activities in a ‘calendar year’,’ explains a statement on the official MotoGP website. ‘It is thought more relevant to determine that the new season starts with testing etc., immediately after the last race.

‘One effect of this change is that Manufacturers competing in the MotoGP class will now have to nominate their three designated testing circuits before the conclusion of the last race of the year. Non-factory teams may now use a contracted rider or a non-contracted test rider, approved by Race Direction, to carry out testing using the ‘tyre allocation test’.

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