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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Grand Prix Racing Changes Wet Race Start Procedures

New sporting regulations have been adopted by the Grand Prix Commission (GPC) and they are aimed at making racing more secure in case rain shows up at a circuit during race start preparations.

The Grand Prix Commission comprising Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, FIM CEO Ignacio Verneda, IRTA's Hervé Poncharal and Takanao Tsubouchi representing the MSMA, agreed one the following measures to be taken in special scenarios.

Even though the 2015 season has been, so far a dry one, the Moto3 race at Indianapolis was plagued by the rain that left the track damp just before the race start. This caused an unusual and distracting stir in the Moto3 field and pit lane, as riders and teams were trying to figure out which setup would suit them best.

Therefore, the GPC ruled that in case rain starts as a race is about to start, the race should be declared "Wet" as soon as possible, before the pit lane is open.

The pit lane will open at the specified time, but will remain open for 10 minutes instead of five, as the current rules specify. Riders will be allowed to make more than one sighting lap, and will have to pass through pit lane each time.

Refueling will be allowed, and MotoGP bikes will also be permitted to receive certain setup changes. A countdown timer will indicate the time until the bikes must exit the pit lane at 10 min, 5 min, 4 min, 3 min, 2 min and 1 min. After the pit lane is closed, the normal countdown will start, with 5 min, 3 min, 1 min, and 30 seconds markers.

The Grad Prix Commission adopted these changes at Brno and they will become effective as of the British GP at Silverstone in less than a fortnight, insella reports. Hopefully, these changes will eliminate the chaos and racing safety issues that derive from having rain at the track at race start.

Source: Autoevolution
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