MotoGP: Ready for the new season? Changes to qualifying explained!

Dorna are looking to spice up MotoGP a little for 2013 and qualifying now has a new structure to get used to!

More similar in style to Formula 1, a shoot-out style format is replacing the style of qualifying we have been used to for years, there will still be three 45 minute free practice sessions to kick the weekend off over Friday and Saturday but now these sessions contribute towards qualifying with the time set dictating whether the rider will be included in QP1 or QP2.

QP1 is a fifteen minute session for riders who enter placed 11th or below, the two fastest in this session are promoted to QP2 to battle it out for another fifteen minutes for the top grid places, everyone else is allocated their grid position based on the time they set during QP1.

The top ten riders from free practice and the two fastest from QP1 then race it out to set the top 12 positions on the grid.

This only applies to the MotoGP class, Moto2 and Moto3 will be qualifying in the usual way from previous seasons.

Here’s MotoGP.com’s example breakdown for how a race weekend will now work:

Friday:

Free Practice 1 – 45 Minutes, Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Free Practice 2 – 45 Minutes, Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Saturday:

Free Practice 3 – 45 Minutes, Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Free Practice 4 – 30 Minutes, NOT Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Break – 10 Minutes

Qualifying Practice 1 – 15 minutes

Break – 10 Minutes

Qualifying Practice 2 – 15 minutes

 

 

 

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