Following some significant updates to the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix regulations for the 2009 season FIM President Vito Ippolito gave his views on the rule changes.
An important meeting of the Grand Prix Commission took place in Switzerland on Wednesday (18th February) leading to the ratification of proposals put forward and agreed on unanimously by the MSMA earlier this year to help reduce costs in the World Championship in 2009.
The new rules include the removal of Friday morning practice sessions from the Grand Prix time schedules, the reduction in length of all MotoGP practice sessions, limitation of the use of certain electronics and launch systems on MotoGP bikes, the restriction on the number of engines which can be used in the second half of the 2009 season and the reduction of the amount of post-race tests to two dates.
FIM President Vito Ippolito explained the reasoning behind the updates to the regulations, stating, “We have made some important decisions today to reduce the costs involved in Grand Prix racing and we were all in agreement about the changes. Our organizers Dorna, our manufacturers and our teams all helped make the decisions.”
He continued, “The important reduction in the amount of practice sessions and the reduction in length of practice sessions will significantly reduce costs, as will the banning of certain launch control systems and the reduction in the amount of engines that can be used later in the year.”
Mr. Ippolito added, “These are the final decisions relating to this year and we believe they will help everybody. They are the first steps taken with a view to the future and we will meet again in the coming weeks to discuss further reducing costs in 2010.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of Dorna, commented, “We have had a meeting of the Grand Prix Commission today where we introduced some significant measures to guarantee the future of MotoGP. These decisions for 2009 will help to make participation in the World Championship more affordable and we will now look ahead to 2010 as well. This is an important day for the MotoGP World Championship which will now be both cheaper and more exciting.”