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GP Week : Issue 95
THE restricted engine rule was officially bent at Brno for Suzuki, when the GP Commission found a neat way of circumventing their own regulation to allow the beleaguered Suzuki factory team an extra three engines per rider for the rest of this season. At the same time, the favour was extended to any new manufacturers who might join the class in 2012, when the new one-litre rules will come into force. The concession was achieved without naming Suzuki, and by invoking a system earlier used to allow users of the then down-beat Dunlop tyres to avoid number restrictions applied to more successful brands. The FIM statement said: "For 2010 the manufacturer members of MSMA who did not win at least two dry races in 2008 and 2009 seasons can use nine engines instead of six". Bautista commissioned his sixth engine at Brno, and Capirossi his fifth. But they are not alone: Ben Spies is also up to his fifth engine. There was no mention of 2011, but at the same meeting it was decided that new manufacturers entering MotoGP from 2012 will get the same three- engine concession for their first year. Two other significant announcements were far from unexpected. The first consolidated the regulations already previously announced for 1000cc prototypes and production-based 'Claiming Rule Teams', as well as going a step further in defining exactly what a CRT is. Capacity up to 1000cc Four cylinders maximum Maximum bore size 81mm Minimum weight 150 kg up to 800cc, 153 kg more than 800cc Six engines per rider for factory teams, nine engines for CRT Fuel capacity 21 litres, 23 litres for CRT And what is a Claiming Rule Team? In a clear attempt to calm the fears of existing factory entrants that it will provide a low-cost back door into MotoGP for other factories, it is a matter of discretion for the GP Commission. Selection of CRTs is "by unanimous decision of the GP Commission." And any one of them that gets too big for its boots might be stripped of its privileges: "Modifications to this exception due to performance of the teams require the simple majority of the GP Commission," the statement read. • • • • • • Suzuki sanction extended to new factories 1000cc MotoGP regs confirmed for 2012 16