GP Commission Hammers Out 2012 MotoGP Rules

02/17/2010 @ 11:38 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

The GP Commission (FIM, Dorna, IRTA & MSMA) met this week to discuss and further refine the rules that will be implemented in the 2012 MotoGP season, namely the return to the 1,000cc format. The new rules lock in the amount of gas a bike can carry, as well as other details pertinent to GP racing, but the rule everyone is talking about is the 1,000cc switch. Interestingly enough, the 2010 rules allow for motors “up to 1000cc”, but provide different bike weight for bikes under and over 800cc. Check out the details after the jump.

Engine Capacity: up to 1,000cc
Maximum cylinders: 4
Maximum bore: ø 81 mm
Minimum weight: 150 kg (up to 800cc) / 153 kg (over 800cc)
Maximum engines per rider during the season: 6
Fuel tank capacity: 21 liters

***Claiming Rule Teams (CRT’s) will be allowed 12 motors, and 24 liters of fuel. No word yet on what this actually means, but a definition is expected by the end of May. In addition to these rules, on-board tire pressure sensors have been banned, and the moratorium on tire temperature sensors remains in affect.

The release of these rules seems to confirm the rumor that we’ll see both 800cc and 1,000cc machines on the grid for 2012. While the CRT designation remains to be defined, it would appear that the GP Commission is hoping these teams will be given a shot at being more competitive by having higher-strung motors, and more fuel on-board in order to make more power than their competitors. However, who these “private teams” are still remains to be seen.

You can read all the changes here.

Source: MotoGP & MotoMatters

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  • I can’t imagine 6 motors for the entire season. It just doesn’t seem like that would be enough at this level, but I guess it must be possible.

  • CBR600RR 09

    I think it’s an unreasonable target considering they currently scream past 18,000 no worries.

    But If they do it, in my mind it will be an engineering marvel and a testament to the age old saying “If you put your mind to it, you can do anything” – it helps to be educated correctly as well though :P

  • Ian W

    Isn’t that kind of the point? Limiting the number of engines means they MIGHT have to calm things down a little to eek them out through the year. Nothing says they have to keep doing 18,000rpm.

  • Ctatyk

    Ian, my thoughts exactly. I’m interested to see what changes this causes in the teams as well as how many of those changes we, as street riders, inherit on our bikes in the future!

  • For me it won’t slow the bikes down, as seen in F1, the setting technicians and designers will find a way to ensure bikes are at speed… and they will find a way to ensure they are reliable

    Lets just hope that this engineering is passed onto the world consumer in all aspects of motorcycle design