Understanding the new rule for qualifying a race after a stoppage: GP Inside

The motorcycle Grand Prix regulations have been amended regarding the classification of riders when a race stops before the checkered flag. GP-Inside helps you see more clearly in this matter.

The MotoGP World Championship regulations are changing. The Grand Prix Commission, made up of Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna), Paul Duparc (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Biense Bierma (MSMA), met virtually on February 4, 2022. The discussion held that day has meant a change – with immediate effect – in the chapter of the sports regulations, relating to the classification of a race after an interruption.

The text published by Dorna includes the main modified elements, but is not easy to understand. GP-Inside proposes to clarify the new features with an example, which you will find at the end of the article for those who still have doubts after reading the official version.

What Dorna says:

“Previously, if a race was interrupted by a red flag, the final result that was taken into account was that of the last lap where all the drivers had crossed the finish line. If one or more drivers appeared in more than one lap, the classification of the previous lap acted as a reference, even if the majority of the peloton had finished the lap in question. In these cases, any change of position or accident occurred in the last lap negotiated by the leader was without effect. »

“From now on, the result of a race will be based on the standings observed the last time the leader crossed the timeline before the red flag was raised. All riders on the same lap will be ranked in that order. And all the others according to the place they occupied in the previous round. »

“These two partial classifications will be combined to give the final result of a race. This system was previously applied when the red flag was shown after the leader had passed the checkered flag. It will now be valid for all races where a red flag has been shown and the results confirmed. »

An example to better understand:

Premiere 2021: The French Grand Prix is ​​stopped by a red flag as the leader, Johann Zarco, is on lap 21. The final classification of the race is lap 20. But not everyone is on their 21st lap when the red flag came out: last, Pol and Aleix Espargaro were still on the last corner of their 20th lap. So, how to establish a classification from the 20th lap, if this 20th lap has not been completed by all drivers? How do you rate the Espargaro brothers? Out of the game?

To solve the problem, the classification of the last lap completed by all drivers was then maintained. In this case, it was the 19th round. Everything that had happened during the 20th lap, like the crashes, no longer counted.

Now in 2022: The French Grand Prix is ​​stopped by a red flag as the leader, Johann Zarco, is on lap 21. The final classification of the race is lap 20. But not everyone is on their 21st lap when the red flag came out: last, Pol and Aleix Espargaro were still on the last corner of their 20th lap. How to classify them?

A first The partial classification will be established from the 20th lap, for drivers who were on their 21st lap at the start of the red flag. A second a partial classification will be created for those who were not yet in this 21st day, here Pol and Aleix Espargaro. The beginning will be the same: we will remember the last lap they finished, here the 19th since they were in their 20th. This second partial ranking will be added after the first.


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