The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, has officially been added to the 2013 MotoGP calendar, joining Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis to make three U.S. stops for the series. MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports originally reached a deal with the circuit in April 2011 but various disagreements between […]
MotoGP Makes Brake Lever Protection Mandatory
The International Motorcycling Federation announced a number of rule updates for the MotoGP World Championship including mandatory brake lever protection.
Lever protectors would stop the brake lever from being accidentally pressed in the case of a collision with another racer, preventing a sudden braking or lockup of the front wheel.
The new regulation leaves the design of the lever protector open; they may be bolt-on guards or even an extended fairing, so long as the technical director deems it safe.
Other new rules include opening up MotoGP private testing. Final details remain to be confirmed, but teams will be allowed to test their machines with contracted racers as well as test riders. The only restriction will be with tires, as a limited supply of tires will be provided for all testing sessions.
Minimum weight limits were also adjusted for all three classes. In the MotoGP class, teams using older race bikes with engines up to 800cc must meet a 150 kg (330.7 lb.) minimum while those with larger engines to the new 1000cc limit must ensure a minimum weight of 153 kg (337.3 lb.). Moto2 race bikes must weigh at least 140 kg (308.6 lb.) while the new Moto3 class mandates a 148 kg (326.3 lb.) limit including both the motorcycle and the rider.
Claiming Rule Teams will be allowed to open sealed engines to modify the gearbox if that is the only way the transmission system can be accessed.
Also changed are regulations regarding the size and composition of brake discs.